Watchdog Thailand has filed a complaint with police after people from a Chon Buri dog farm allegedly dumped 18 small-breed dogs at a temple in the eastern province.
The animal rights group filed a complaint with Saensuk police station on Friday, seeking legal action against an unnamed dog farm.
Watchdog Thailand posted the story and photos of the dogs on its Facebook wall on Friday. It said the farm had clearly violated Article 23 of the Animal Cruelty Act that prohibits owners from abandoning their pets.
The group said that among the 18 dogs dumped at the temple in Saensuk district were chihuahuas, pugs and pomeranians.
It said the abandoned dogs appeared sad and had injuries and skin problems. They were apparently abandoned because they could not be sold as pets after they became ill, the group said.
The group expressed concern that other dogs at the farm might be badly treated, so it urged police to act urgently.
It said the dogs would receive treatment and would then be offered for adoption.
Saensuk poilice chief Pol Colonel Jaruwat Suriyathip said officers would interrogate witnesses and check security-camera footage to try to locate the farm owner.