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The King of Thailand's gesture to save 15 skeletal Great Danes has touched the world

The dogs looked like walking skeletons dog-sad
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The King of Thailand is giving a group of rescue pups the royal treatment after they were discovered in a 'skeletal' condition at an abandoned breeding farm.

By Ashley Murphy , 26 Aug 2019

15 severely neglected Great Danes had been living near a house in the Pathum Thani region. Nearby locals alerted authorities after seeing the terrible condition of the animals. Whoever abandoned them left no food and water, meaning the pooches had wasted away to little more than skin and bones.

The rescue dogs make a very special friend

Although two pups sadly passed away due to the effects of severe malnutrition, the surviving 15 are now staying at the Watchdog Thailand rescue centre, where they'll receive all the medical attention they need.

It's going to be a long road to recovery for these Great Danes. Thankfully, they've got somebody very special on their side.

When word reached Thailand's King Rama X, he sent a royal decree from the palace promising to 'adopt' the dogs by covering medical and rehoming costs. A spokesperson from Watchdog Thailand said:

"We have received a Royal command from His Majesty The King. His Royal Highness has commanded a delegation to adopt the dogs at the Animal Welfare Division."

This kind of royal protection is a lifeline for the rescue dogs and offers some much welcome financial support to the animal charity.

The incident was reported to the local police, who managed to track down the owner after interviewing people living close to the farm. He now faces charges under Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal laws. 

The life of a street dog

A dog's life is tough enough in Thailand. Bangkok has an estimated 400,000 street dogs, many of which are rounded up by unscrupulous dog meat traders who then ship them over to Vietnam and China.

Thankfully, there are hundreds of charities like Watchdog Thailand working to rescue, treat, and rehome pooches in need. And with the King taking a personal interest in this case, it looks like these Great Danes have got a bright future ahead!



Posted by WATCHDOG THAILAND on Tuesday, August 20, 2019