‘Dog killer’ probe urged by ne­ti­zens


Mahi­dol Univer­sity said it will look into claims a med­i­cal stu­dent at the univer­sity drugged his sick Pomera­nian caus­ing it to be de­clared dead on ar­rival at an an­i­mal hospi­tal in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The school’s act­ing rec­tor Ban­chong Ma­haisavariy­a told the Bangkok Post yes­ter­day he was aware of the al­le­ga­tion and the univer­sity is gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion.

The man was iden­ti­fied by a univer­sity staffer who de­clined to be named as well as on so­cial me­dia posts. The news went vi­ral af­ter a Face­book user called Jakkarin Ringn­goen posted footage show­ing the dog be­ing mis­treated.

The em­ployee said a fact-find­ing team was be­ing set up to look into the case.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ex­pected to start af­ter grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies next Tues­day, the of­fi­cial said.

Ve­teri­nar­ian Anong­nat Sut­tham runs the Cen­tre Pet Hospi­tal in the prov­ince’s cen­tral Muang district, where the dog was taken. She said yes­ter­day she sus­pected foul play while con­duct­ing the au­topsy.

She said she de­cided to post her find­ings us­ing so­cial me­dia to alert peo­ple about the case.

On Tues­day the vet re­ceived a call from the owner to fix an ap­point­ment to treat his dog.

But when they ar­rived at the hospi­tal Ms Anong­nat found the an­i­mal was al­ready dead.

She said she saw the man bicker with an­other man who drove him to the hospi­tal and de­mand com­pen­sa­tion from the driver’s com­pany, a pet trans­port busi­ness.

The driver asked her to con­duct an au­topsy be­cause he won­dered why the dog, which ap­peared in good health when he picked it up, could have died so sud­denly.

An ex­am­i­na­tion of the pet’s stom­ach re­vealed it had con­sumed a large amount of medicine, Ms Anong­nat said while hold­ing up a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing more than 10 pills taken from the an­i­mal’s stom­ach.

The pills closely re­sem­bled those which fell out of the owner’s bag while at the hospi­tal, she said. She later found they were used to treat hy­per­ten­sion.

The owner said he had fed his dog some vi­ta­mins be­fore they ar­rived at the hospi­tal, a claim Ms Anong­nat dis­putes.

She said it was pos­si­ble the owner may have ac­ci­den­tally given the dog a lethal dosage given the an­i­mal’s diminu­tive size.

When quizzed the owner was un­able to pro­duce the so-called vi­ta­mins and claimed an­other an­i­mal hospi­tal in Bangkok had given them to him, Ms Anong­nat said.

He then asked her to write a pre­scrip­tion for medicine for the dog but she re­fused as the an­i­mal was al­ready dead, she said.

The doc­tor later re­ported the in­ci­dent to Pho Klang po­lice sta­tion and de­cided to post the news on­line.

She claimed the dog owner threat­ened the hospi­tal with a mal­prac­tice suit.

Two pho­tos from the Face­book page of Jakkarin Ringn­goen show pills taken from the stom­ach of a Pomera­nian dog be­lieved to have been drugged with med­i­ca­tion used to treat hy­per­ten­sion.

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