In­quiry re­quested after res­cue of ail­ing dogs

The Nation - - AROUND THAILAND - KREINGKRAI RATTANA

DOZENS OF sick dogs were this week res­cued from a breed­ing farm in Chi­ang Rai’s Mae Sai district that al­legedly kept them in poor liv­ing con­di­tions and have been moved to Chi­ang Mai for med­i­cal treat­ment, Save The Ele­phants Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Saeng­duan Chail­ert said yes­ter­day.

Most of the 61 dogs, which are now be­ing tem­po­rar­ily kept at a sep­a­rate sec­tion within the Ele­phant Na­ture Park com­pound in Chi­ang Mai’s Mae Taeng district, were suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia and in­fec­tions to var­i­ous parts of their bod­ies, she said. Four dogs were so se­ri­ously sick that they had been sent to Thong Lor An­i­mal Hospi­tal in San­sai district, Saeng­duan added.

Tues­day’s visit to the farm in Tam­bon Pong Kha and the sub­se­quent res­cue of the dogs was con­ducted by the foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Face­book-based “SOS An­i­mal Thai­land” com­mu­nity page.

The lat­ter group is now in dis­cus­sions with re­lated state agen­cies about whether to lodge a po­lice com­plaint against the farm owner over of­fences un­der the Cru­elty Preven­tion and Wel­fare of An­i­mals Act 2014.

The two groups checked on the farm, which reared 80 dogs, after they re­ceived a com­plaint from nearby res­i­dents that they had heard the an­i­mals yelp­ing in agony and no­ticed a foul smell com­ing from the farm.

A fur­ther 19 dogs were also seized by Mae Sai Live­stock Devel­op­ment of­fi­cials.

The dogs, mostly Chi­huahuas, Golden Re­triev­ers, Pekinese and Siberian Huskies, are un­der­go­ing thor­ough check-ups by vet­eri­nar­i­ans at the Ele­phant Na­ture Park and would be treated back to health be­fore the foun­da­tion would help find new homes for them, she said.

Dayin Petcharat, founder of SOS An­i­mals Thai­land, said the group had filed a re­quest for an in­quiry into the farm’s op­er­at­ing li­cence; it was orig­i­nally owned by a Thai woman who passed away and left the farm un­der her fa­ther’s care. “We are dis­cussing ... whether we can file a com­plaint. We are now wait­ing for the dogs’ health re­sults be­fore gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion to file the com­plaint,” she added.

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