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Prayut assigns Interior Minister to rescue abandoned dog

Aug 01. 2018
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By The Nation

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A dog abandoned on a Bangkok road island was rescued and sent to Rayong after it was spotted by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on his way to Government House on Tuesday.

Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda confirmed Wednesday that officials had located and rescued the dog and had it taken to the Rayong Dog Lovers Club to be placed in a foster home.

While on his way to attend the weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prayut was apparently touched by a dog lying on the road island and took a clip of it with his smartphone.

He mentioned the animal during the Cabinet meeting and forwarded his clip to Anupong. A source from the Cabinet meeting said Prayut was overwhelmed by his pity for the dog, leading him to repeatedly broach the topic during the meeting.

“I’ve seen it lying there for several days,” the PM General reportedly said before forwarding his clip to Anupong via the Line app. “I felt sorry for it. It’s black and white and pretty. We should raise it. Please help take care of it.”

Anupong on Wednesday said he dispatched officials to rescue the dog after receiving the clip. Prayut complained that the dog’s owner was mean to abandon it on the road island, he added.

Neither the PM, nor the Interior Minister specified exactly where the dog was found, leaving some to wonder if the rescued animal was the same one as Prayut had seen.

As of press time, members of the Rayong Dog Lovers Club had posted to their Facebook page that they were checking to see who had adopted the dog.

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