13 emaciated and abandoned dogs were rescued from a farm in Thailand
Volunteers from Watchdog Thailand and Pathum Thani Livestock Development Office’s Animal Welfare Division officials rescued 13 Great Danes.
- The rescuers raided a dog-breeding farm on August 19 after reports that the owner had abandoned it.
- A relative of the homeowner had reported this and complained about the state of the animals.
- The complaint had been made after the relative saw that one of the dogs and her two pups had died.
Volunteer veterinarians found and rescued 13 emaciated Great Danes.
The dogs were found in Pathum Thani’s Lat Lum Kaew district by Watchdog Thailand and Pathum Thani Livestock Development Office’s Animal Welfare Division. According to Thailand’s newspaper The Nation, the rescue came about after the homeowner’s relative reported that the dogs had been abandoned and were in a poor state. More specifically, the relative had filed a complaint after they saw that one of the dogs and her two pups had died in a cage.
The owner was a middle-aged woman who had planned to raise and sell the dogs.
It has been reported that the owner (who has remained unnamed) had confessed that she was recently divorced, and unemployed. Therefore, she was struggling with and facing financial difficulties which made it impossible for her to take proper care of the Great Danes. Speaking to veterinarian Kangwan Thirathamrong, the woman explained that she had intended to raise and sell the dogs; however, due to the poor state of the economy, there was no interest and no buyers.
Three dogs were dead and buried while 13 were emaciated.
Kangwan noted that when the rescue team had arrived, three dogs had already died and were buried in the house compound. Moreover, the remaining dogs were emaciated due to extreme malnutrition. Thankfully, the animals have been rescued and taken to the Livestock Development’s Animal Center where they will be taken care of. The Nation further reported that the owner would be able to take back the dogs if she is deemed capable of taking care of them once more.
The woman will be held accountable for her actions as she violated laws under the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act. Furthermore, the police is conducting further investigation and leading an inquiry into the matter.