Street vendor fined for poisoning 48 temple dogs

BANGKOK: A Thai street vendor who confessed to fatally poisoning 48 dogs living in a Buddhist temple because they stole his lunch has been fined US$20 (RM76), a Thai newspaper reported yesterday.  

Warayuth Songslip, a vegetable seller at a Bangkok market, told police he left five bowls of poisoned chicken for the dogs after six of them tried to steal barbecued chicken he had bought for lunch and bit him in the ensuing struggle, the Nation newspaper reported. 

Warayuth, who was charged with cruelty to animals, was further angered when Buddhist monks said they would not be held responsible because the temple was only sheltering the dogs and did not own them. 

Buddhism forbids the mistreatment of animals and many Thai temples shelter stray dogs, which are usually sterilised to keep their numbers down.  

Bangkok officials say there are around 120,000 strays in the Thai capital. – Reuters 

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NEW DELHI: Federal detectives have seized 10,000 bottles of premium liquor from the New Delhi house of a Kenyan diplomat, requiring seven trucks to cart them away, the Hindustan Times daily reported yesterday. 

Police said David Roto, a defence attache with the Kenyan embassy, is suspected to be involved in a racket to illegally sell in the local market liquor allowed to be imported duty-free for diplomats. 

He has not been arrested as he enjoys diplomatic immunity, but a local liquor dealer who was colluding with him has been detained, the report said. 

Police say that the case points to a huge scam of diplomats selling off their licences for importing duty-free liquors to private vendors. – AFP  

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