Pattaya Daily News

16 December 2012 :: 17:12:00 pm 69483

Animal Activists Seek To Deport Dog Killer

About 20 people from an animal rights group staged a protest in front of the Sattahip home of a 65-year-old German man for the brutal stabbing death of a neighborhood Golden Retriever last month. They held the protest because the German is seeking 300,000 THB in compensation for his dog-bite injuries from the dog’s owners.
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SATTAHIP – December 15, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 1 p.m., more than 20 people supporting animal rights held a protest outside the home of a German man who had stabbed a neighborhood Golden Retriever to death on November 12.

The German claimed that the Retriever had continually attacked his pet Rottweiler while they were walking in the neighborhood. He said the Retriever had been unleashed and was allowed to roam free by a Thai couple who owned the dog.

The German, Mr. Alfred Gart Grefe, age 65, admitted losing his temper after the dog attacked him while he was trying to defend his dog, so he stabbed the 2-year-old male Retriever 17 times and killed the animal.

 

The protest took place in front of Mr. Grefe’s home at Navee village. One of the protest leaders, Ms. Paweena Veerathamjamras, age 31, said that animal lovers came from all over the country to join them in seeking justice for the killing of the dog.

The group of animal lovers used a loudspeaker to make speeches and carried posters condemning the actions of the German. The protesters accused the German of animal cruelty and demanded his deportation from Thailand. They also asked that medical professionals examine the German’s mental health.

The group also called for the Thai government to pass laws to protect animals, and punish those who beat or harm the animals. The protestors said they had joined to come together to ask for justice, and to prevent the recurrence of such animal cruelty in Thailand. Because animals are capable of feeling pain and suffering, they must be protected against harm, they said.

The group was stirred into action after a Thai couple who owned the Retriever received a letter from the German’s lawyer, Mr. Pichai Chaiya, who has an office in Nongprue, Banglamung. The letter is seeking indemnity from them of 300,000 THB for the injuries that the German received after being bitten by the Retriever.

The Thai couple were identified as Petty Officer First Class Kamphol Nualsil, age 43, with the training center of new sailors, Naval Education Department; and Mrs. Vilawan Nualsil, age 42.

During the two-hour protest, the German’s wife, Mrs. Urairat Grefe, age 40, briefly confronted the protestors, which caused tempers to flare. But police were monitoring the scene, so there were no physical confrontations during the peaceful protest.

 The German man did not talk with the protestors, and his wife said they will only discuss the matter in court. The Thai couple who had owned the Golden Retriever dog were grateful and moved to tears by the support from the animal rights group, whom they thanked profusely.

The protest group is outraged that the German was only fined 1,000 baht by the court for killing the Retriever, and that he is now seeking 300,000 THB from the Thai dog owners, which further adds to their suffering after the killing of their pet dog. The group would like this to be a test case for enacting new laws in Thailand to protect animals.

A court hearing on the case has been scheduled in Pattaya provincial court on December 18, said Pol. Col. Chonnaphat Nawalak, Superintendent, Sattahip police station. The outcome of the case is up to the consideration of the court, he said.


Elderly German Arrested for Killing Dog

Sattahip police arrested a 65-year-old German for stabbing a neighborhood Golden Retriever to death, while he was walking his Rottweiler dog. The suspect claimed the Retriever had attacked and bitten him before. So he started carrying a knife, and when attacked again, he stabbed the dog 17 times in self defense.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Community News

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