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Police hunt killer of 40 dogs on university grounds

Sep 08. 2017
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By The Nation

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Chumphon police have been asked to track down whoever poisoned a pack of dogs living on the Pathiew campus of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang.

Dr Niphat Maneechote, a lecturer at the school, on Thursday filed a complaint with Pol Capt Sayan Tumarawat, deputy inspector at Pathiew station, asking him to take action under the law against animal cruelty after about 40 dogs were recently poisoned.

Niphat said the school allowed the strays to live on the grounds, where lecturers and students fed them. All of the dogs had been all sterilised to limit the population. They caused no trouble and were loved and cared for.

But Niphat returned for the new semester last month and noticed all the dogs were gone. 

Students and lecturers boarding in the area told him that during the summer break they’d come across three to five dogs a day, dead from apparent poisoning. 

Students had taken photos of the corpses found among roadside weeds and in ditches.

Niphat said five dogs survived and were now in the personal care of lecturers and students lest they too be targeted.

District police chief Pol Col Prawit Chanthabat led a search of the university grounds by officers and officials of the Pathiew livestock office.

They found two dead dogs, examined the remains and took photos. Prawit said university officials were to be questioned.

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