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Monk fined for animal cruelty
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:23:53 PM »
A monk who was caught on video slamming a dog onto a temple stairway has been fined 1,000 baht for animal cruelty by the Chon Buri police.

The man in the video clip was identified as Phra Kru Sophon Sohpano, a monk at Wat Nha Phathat in Phanat Nikhom district of Chon Buri. He left the monkhood following the incident.

Phra Kru Sophon, 57, said in an interview that eight dogs had got into a building within the temple and were causing damage. He tried to chase them out with a stick but was unsuccessful.

In a fit of rage he dragged Khao, one of the dogs, outside, slammed it to the ground twice, and tossed it away from the building, he said.

The dog was taken to the Suan Luang Pet Hospital after animal activists saw the video of Phra Kru Sophon, which has gone viral. They took the dog for treatment of internal bleeding behind its eyes. It is still afraid of people. 

"At that moment, I wanted to kill it because I was very upset. I am the only one who throws away all this dog litter at the temple,” Phra Kru Sophon said in an interview.

He also urged villagers to stop placing dogs in the care of the temple because it was not duty or monks to take care of them and clean up after them

The Sangha leader of Phanat Nikhom district, Phra Chonlatarnmunee, said Phra Kru Sophon decided to leave the monkhood on Thursday night because he could not handle the pressure following the incident, and also did not want to be a burden on his temple's abbot.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.