Thirteen severely malnourished Great Danes were recently found abandoned at a home in Pathum Thani, Thailand
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Bangkok Post reported that the dogs were rescued by volunteer veterinarians from Watchdog Thailand and officials from the Pathum Thani Livestock Development Office on Monday, 19 August.
The rescue came after the homeowner's relative made a complaint.
The person reportedly could not bear seeing the animals in their terrible condition especially after one of the dogs and her two pups died in a cage over the weekend.
Their owner had fled the home several weeks ago and left the dogs without any care. They lost so much weight that their bones were poking out of their skin when found by authorities.
Relatives living nearby said the property had operated as a dog breeding farm for many years until the owner closed it down due to financial problems and cruelly abandoned the animals.
The Nation Thailand reported that the owner of the home is a middle-aged Thai woman.
She claims that she had become unemployed, was recently divorced, and was facing financial difficulties that prevented her from taking care of the dogs.
The woman intended to raise the dogs to sell but had been unable to find buyers due to the bad economy.
According to Metro UK, she is now under police investigation and is likely to face punishment under the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand has pledged to adopt the poor creatures, cover the cost of their treatment, food, and ongoing care
The King sent a representative to pick up the 13 Great Danes to receive treatment at the Animals Hospital of Kasetsart University at 10.40am on Wednesday, reported The Nation Thailand.
His Majesty has kindly adopted these dogs and they will be taken care of at the Bureau of the Royal Household's dog care centre after they recover their health.