An animal rights group Friday accused livestock officials in Nakhon Ratchasima of intentionally giving dogs fatal overdoses in violation of their own policy.
Watchdog Thailand representatives filed a criminal complaint alleging that local officials used a loophole in recently announced rabies-control measures as an excuse to kill animals despite being instructed to first quarantine and observe the animals for symptoms.
The updated measures from the Livestock Department authorized taking animals suspected of being rabid into quarantine and euthanizing them “if necessary” without further deliberation after observation of illness.
The head of a local public health volunteer group, assigned by the livestock office to help implement the measures, said the administrators informed residents about the measures on Wednesday. They later tried to sedate two dogs suspected of having the disease to collect samples and take them into quarantine, although the owner of one said it had already been vaccinated.
“Livestock officials brought a sedative to mix with the dog food,” Pacharin Thaichaturat said. “The dogs didn’t eat much and wouldn’t pass out, so they shot them with another dose of sedative, which turned out to be too much.”
The dogs died Thursday.
Wunrerk Traitharntipvikul, a Watchdog representative, said Ratchapoom Kiaosanam, the top provincial animal health official, admitted that he suggested giving higher doses of drugs to ensure the dogs would be sedated.
He insisted that it wasn’t meant to be fatal but said he had negligently recommended the amount of drugs he was “accustomed to” without checking the animals’ conditions first.
The dogs received three sedatives each. One, a drug used to prevent seizures fatal in high doses, was given to them more than seven times higher than the normal dose, Wunrerk said.
Livestock Director General Sorravis Thaneto acknowledged the “malpractice” and promised to tighten up inspections to prevent such incidents from happening again.
Watchdog said Ratchapoom will initially be probed by the national veterinarian council to see if he should be disciplined, while police will continue with the criminal investigation to determine whether he intended to kill the dogs.
Livestock has been under fire for its handling of a rabies false alarm earlier this year in which thousands of dogs were rounded up and shipped off to quarantine facilities.
Last week, the Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation blew the whistle on a facility in Nakhon Phanom where thousands of dogs are suspected of dying from negligence, starvation and disease.Facebook.
Police Squash Major Hat Yai Drug Smuggling Operation
Pattaya Offers 50 Percent Discount To Domestic Tourists
Domestic Airlines Done With Social Distancing
Partial Solar Eclipse Visible Today On Koh Samui
Baby Elephants Electrocuted To Death By Orchard Fence
Russian Busted On Koh Samui For Using Fake Credit Cards
Thailand Is Policing Illegal Border Crossings
Poll Indicates Thais Want New PPRP Party Leader
Thousands Of Thai Workers Approved To Return To Taiwan
Unemployed Teacher Caught With Child Porn
- Regional News4 months ago
Koh Samui. 7-Eleven and Family Mart close overnight.
- Koh Samui News4 months ago
Samui Covid-19 update
- Breaking News4 months ago
Koh Samui’s first Covid-19 case
- Breaking News5 months ago
One dead, two injured after bar shooting in Samui
- Events4 months ago
Koh Samui is going into full lockdown
- Thailand News4 months ago
Bangkok booze ban and postponed holidays
- Regional News4 months ago
National curfew starts today
- Thai Life4 months ago
Thailand’s government officials extend tourist visas