Dogs – Senseless poisoning in Lamphun
“WE ARE SHOCKED YET AGAIN by another incident of cruel and senseless poisoning. We, the Thai people, have to act now to break this culture of the senseless poisoning of our street dogs. It is unacceptable to us as Buddhists” Quote from Santisook Founder Kh Lek to local newspapers in Chiang Mai.
Yesterday, we had a call from the Care Taker at Lumphun. Some of our rescued dogs had died from poisoning. This is the group we rescued them from San Pu Loei at Lumphun on August 20th. We had placed them in a temporary shelter while we looked for a permanent site. Four of the females had given birth to 20 puppies, and all the dogs were doing very well.
While our caretaker was out getting supplies, someone threw food laced with cyanide over the fence. He returned to find several dogs lying on the ground, their mouths full of saliva, a sign of poisoning. Four dogs had died instantly, nothing could be done. Through fast action he managed to save 4 other dogs by giving them raw eggs to make them vomit the poison.
It’s an horrific scene. The dogs lying lifeless on the ground, it looked like they suffered before they died. The saddest sight of all, a mother and puppy. The mother dead from poisoning, the puppy, still suckling, dying from his mothers poisoned milk.
Another mommy dogs also ate a fatal dose of the poison, but the caretaker got her three puppies away before they too, suffered the same fate. Two male dogs also died.
We reported this incident to the police and they came to investigate and interview people who live in the area. One man had threatened the dogs before, blaming them for killing his chickens, although he has no proof of this. We had deliberately built the shelter on land well away from peoples homes along a dirt track, and they are well taken care of.
Now the case is in police hands and we intend to pursue it through the courts. We will use this case as an example to show people that if they intend to kill any dogs or cats, they will be prosecuted under the law. We have to do something to stop this senseless killing.
We, the Thai people, have to act now to break this culture of the senseless poisoning of our street dogs. It is unacceptable to us as Buddhists. We have been taught by the monks about the 5 main principals of Buddha Teaching. The first principal is “Do not kill any animals, even for food. Every animal loves it’s life and they can feel suffering and pain as human beings do”
We do not wish to shock with this photo. But we believe that people need to see the result of random indiscriminate poisoning that is just SO common here in Chiang Mai.