NAKHON PATHOM, 31 October 2011 – The Department of Livestock Development and student volunteers from Chulalongkorn University and Mahidol University have evacuated more than 500 dogs from an animal shelter as flood water is increasing to the point that they cannot live.
Director-General of the Department of Livestock Development Mr Krissadee Chaosuanchareon, together with his deputy, Mr Nirandon Ueongtrakulsook, and Nakhon Pathom’s provincial livestock officer Mr Samroeng Kruthdam, led district livestock officer and student volunteers from Chulalongkorn University and Mahidol University to evacuate more than 500 dogs and 50 cats from their shelter at the Foundation for Handicapped Animals under Luang Ta Maha Bua’s patronage in Moo 10, Bang Phasi sub-district, Bang Lane district, Nakhon Pathom province. The evacuation was carried out with difficulties as volunteers had to load cages onto the boats before crossing a 4 meter-deep marsh to carry the animals out. All of the evacuated animals will be kept at Phetchaburi Provincial Livestock Office. The evacuation is expected to be finished before dark to prevent the volunteers from dangerous traveling since the route is uncomfortable and the water is increasing continuously. Moreover, the dogs are very tired since they have not been fed since morning to prevent them from throwing up during the relocation.
The Foundation for Handicapped Animals under Luang Ta Maha Bua’s patronage has been established for 30 years. Mrs Pimkul Olansiraroj is the president. Most of the dogs and cats at the foundation are either abandoned by their owners or handicapped without the ability to help themselves. Those interested in donating money or food can visit the foundation or the Phetchaburi Provincial Livestock Office.