Police and rescuers found 12 living dogs and two cats tied up in fertilizer bags and abandoned in the back of a pickup truck Wednesday morning in Samut Prakan, Thailand.
According to the Bankok Post, police arrived at the entrance to a wastewater treatment area near a housing development and found ten sacks in the back of a truck. The Good Samaritan who heard intermittent cries and howls coming from the sacks originally thought the sounds were coming from beyond the wastewater facility and paid no attention. It wasn’t until he returned later in the night, after having visited a friend, did he realize the cries of cats and dogs were coming from the back of the truck.
When rescuers arrived, onlookers rushed to help and provided food, water and milk for the exhausted dogs and cats. Rescued were 12 poodles and two cats. At this time it is unknown who dumped the animals. They will be transferred to a shelter in Chon Buri where they will be examined and cared for until they are well enough to be adopted.
Rescuers think the animals may have been abandoned by a breeder. The person found responsible for this animal cruelty would be charged under the Prevention of Cruelty and Animal Welfare Act. Thailand introduced animal welfare laws in 2014. Offenses are punishable by fines up to $1,663 per offense or two years in prison. The cruelty laws were updated in 2016 which increased fines and better defines measures intended to protect pets, working animals and stock animals kept for food. Unfortunately the rate of prosecution still remains low.
(Photos of dogs and cats found tied in sacks via Facebook photos by Sutthiwit Chayutworakan screenshots)
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