A Thai man is seeking legal charges against an apartment owner who was reportedly caught shooting his dog in front of his restaurant in the Huay Kwang district of Bangkok on Thursday, October 8.
The owner, whose name was not given, filed a complaint against the alleged shooter to officers from the Huay Kwang Police Station and alerted the Watchdog Thailand foundation, claiming that the man brutally shot his dog to death after the dog reportedly bit the suspect on his index finger.
According to his statement, the apartment owner, who was living across the street, came to his restaurant with his wife to buy take-away food when his dog, Maruay, was reportedly barking continuously at the man but didn’t attack him or any customers.
The 51-year-old customer then reportedly threatened the owner that if his dog attacked him, he would shoot the dog immediately.
The customer was reportedly waiting for his order and seen on CCTV feeding Maruay a slice of crispy pork when he claimed that the dog had bit his finger. He quickly rushed to his car before grabbing a loaded gun.
CCTV footage from the restaurant also captured a disturbing moment when the man pointed the firearm against Maruay and fired three times, killing the animal.
The owner said that he had adopted Maruay over a year ago after discovering him on a street in the vicinity of his restaurant. He had never harmed anyone and was always loved by many local vendors in the market, according to the owner.
Police Colonel Yingyod Suwanno from the Huay Kwang Police Station told reporters that the alleged shooter had already arrived at Huay Kwang Police Station yesterday, October 9, to acknowledge charges of animal abuse, carrying a loaded firearm in public and other legal charges. The shooter, whose name has not been disclosed by the police, is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.
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