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Much-loved Chalong cat gets killed by policeman’s dog

PHOTO: Phuket Info Centre

A disturbing incident, igniting local social media, happened on May 8 when dogs owned by a local police officer attacked and fatally wounded a much-loved pet cat.

On May 9 a resident shared news of the incident on a Russian-speaking Facebook group. According to the post, the cat, known as ‘Wan-O’ or ‘Fatty’, was attacked by the policeman’s dogs “without provocation”. Despite the dreadful injuries inflicted on Wan-O, the officer allegedly made no effort to intervene or seek help for the cat.

A video accompanying the post showed the officer removing the injured cat from the scene while surrounded by his dogs. Although the original post has since been deleted, the story gained traction on Thai social media platforms.

On May 10, the Phuket Info Centre news page drew attention to the incident, leading to widespread public outrage.

The Soi Dog Foundation, Phuket’s peak animal welfare organisation, was tagged in the post as Wan-O had been under their care and received treatment from their volunteers.

Local reporters who visited Soi Anusorn, where the incident occurred, spoke with residents who expressed deep sadness over Wan-O’s death. Shockingly, it was revealed that Wan-O was the second cat killed by the officer’s dogs this year, according to reports from Khao Phuket (the Thai language version of The Phuket News)

Reporters have been unsuccessful in attempts to speak to the policeman for his side of the story.

Response from Phuket’s relevant animal welfare authorities remains unclear, as none have made public statements regarding the incident as of May 12.

But Simone Allene from Rawai Animal Lovers confirmed on Facebook that legal action is being taken against the dog owner. Although specific details were not disclosed, Allene said it was important attention to such cases to prevent future acts of cruelty against animals.

Thailand’s Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act was enacted in 2014 and carries heavy fines and prison terms for convictions.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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