The story of a handicapped dog with just two front legs struggling get by at a private dog shelter has caught the attention of His Majesty the King, who has ordered his personal veterinarian to take it under his care and patronage.
Watch Dog Thailand (WDT) announced on its Facebook wall that it had been assigned by Air Vice-Marshall Tawatchai Srikaew, head of the animal care department under His Majesty’s patronage, to announce that the case of the handicapped dog, Tay-tay, has been addressed.
The WDT said the public need not worry now that King Maha Vajiralongkorn had taken the dog under patronage. The dog remained in the care of Peerapha Suwanich.
Video clips of Tay-tay balancing himself with only two front legs while eating at the shelter melted the hearts of many Facebook users, who widely shared the clip and called for someone to build him a wheelchair.
Then on September 5, Tawatchai Srikaew visited the shelter with Chon Buri governor Pakkarathorn Thianchai. Also present were Poj Sitchanukrit, a representative of Chonburi Livestock Development Office, along with officers from Ban Suan Municipality Office and WDT officials.
As a moral support for the shelter, Tawatchai donated dog and cat food along with the royal gift of His Majesty in the name of his royal pet dog Khun Fu.
Tawatchai visited Tay-tay and the other dogs and praised Peerapaha for her dedicated care for stray dogs and cats at her shelter.
Tawatchai said he was pleased to see that Tay-tay is happy with his owner.
According to WDT, His Majesty told Tawatchai to have a wheelchair build for Tay-tay so that the dog could walk conveniently. Wheelchair expert Dr Gaewalin Surakup from Kasetsart University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was brought to examine the dog, but found that a wheelchair would be inappropriate for Tay-tay as he is doing well using his two very strong front legs.
The wheelchair was instead given the same day to “Sai” another handicapped dog under Peerapha’s care.
To ensure Tay-tay’s health, the King ordered that he be under the care of His Majesty’s veterinary consultant.
Peerapha asked WDT to pass on her thanks to every foundation and animal lover who had expressed concern about Tay-tay
Meanwhile, the Chon Buri governor contributed by having cat cages built for the shelter.
Pol Colonel Atinant Nutchanart, the superintendent of Mueang Chonburi Police Station, also gave money to help care for the shelter’s cats and dogs.