Police said the man might escape the penalty under the animal cruelty law as his family said he had a record of mental disorder.
The incident on Thursday morning was recorded and posted on a Facebook wall, leading to condemnation of the man who was later identified by police as Somchai Parnbutr, 50.
He was seen in the clip riding his motorcycle fast, with which the dog was unable to keep pace. It ended up being dragged, looking exhausted, foaming at the mouth and having bloody feet.
The person who posted the Facebook clip said he rode his motorcycle to block the man, so he let go the dog and fled. The alleged culprit was arrested by police shortly afterwards.
The incident happened on Permsin Road in Or-ngern subdistrict in Bangkok’s Saimai district.
Pol Colonel Thanakorn Konkaew, chief of the Saimai Police Station, said the man appeared confused and could not testify. His family said he was a psychiatric patient and they would show police his hospital ID card later.
The man told police he was told to take the dog and abandon it elsewhere.
Thanakorn said the dog had been taken away from its current house twice but it had always returned. This time, it was admitted to an animal hospital and a family in the neighbourhood has offered to adopt it, the police chief added.
Published : September 15, 2017
By : The Nation