Lab tests raise puppy poser

Bangkok Post - - NATIONAL - POST RE­PORTER

Pills found in the stom­ach of a puppy al­legedly drugged and killed by its owner, a med­i­cal stu­dent, in July to claim com­pen­sa­tion were not vi­ta­mins or di­etary sup­ple­ments as claimed by the sus­pect, lab tests have re­vealed.

The re­sults were an­nounced by Ban­chong Kit­ti­rat­trakarn, direc­tor of the Re­gional Med­i­cal Sciences Cen­tre 2 in Nakhon Ratchasima.

He said the lab had con­cluded its tests on two of three sam­ples of pills col­lected from the puppy’s stom­ach, which were sent for ex­am­i­na­tion by pro­vin­cial po­lice.

Mr Ban­chong said the pills were not vi­ta­mins or di­etary sup­ple­ments, but did not iden­tify their in­gre­di­ents.

He added the find­ing will be con­veyed to Pho Klang po­lice to­mor­row.

Phat­tara­pong Songsap­kul, a Mahi­dol Univer­sity med­i­cal stu­dent from Nakhon Ratchasima, is sus­pected of killing at least one puppy by means of a drug over­dose to profit from a de­liv­ery ser­vice’s com­pen­sa­tion cov­er­age.

Ear­lier, HSK Ex­press In­ter­na­tional and Ser­vice Co, a pet de­liv­ery busi­ness, com­plained to po­lice that Mr Phat­tara­pong, who bought an in­sur­ance pol­icy for his seven-month-old Pomera­nian, de­manded 40,000 baht in com­pen­sa­tion. He claimed the an­i­mal died while be­ing trans­ported to a pet hos­pi­tal on July 31 in Nakhon Ratchasima. The firm’s owner re­fused to pay him, ar­gu­ing the an­i­mal was still alive when it ar­rived at its des­ti­na­tion.

Mr Phat­tara­pong al­legedly made a sim­i­lar claim for an­other Pomera­nian that died af­ter be­ing trans­ported from Bangkok to a pet hos­pi­tal in his home­town.

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