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Benjarat Eakpaboon shows her son's wounds, inflicted by pitbulls

Phuket Pitbull Attack: Victim Walking Again, Settlement Talks Planned

Friday, July 19, 2013
PHUKET: A man who was savaged by pitbulls on Phuket has returned home after months in hospital and treatment tallying three million baht in costs.

Teansak Eakpaboon, 33, required a series of operations on Phuket and at a specialist hospital in Bangkok to replace the flesh torn from his bones by a neighhbor's dogs.

His mother, Benjarat, 65, told Phuketwan that her son could now hobble around their home in Phuket City. At one stage, she says, he had been in danger of having both legs amputated.

The pitbulls ripped his legs apart in an attack hear his home in Phuket City on February 6. Khun Teansak had gone to the aid of a passerby, but the woman managed to fend off the animals with an umbrella.

The owner of the pitbulls, a Phuket City neighbor of the Eakpaboons, paid for some of the initial surgery at Bangkok Hospital Phuket but baulked as costs mounted.

Khun Benjarat, concerned at her son's future unless his legs were properly treated, rejected the suggestion that he should be sent to a less expensive hospital and instead organised proper restoration work in Bangkok.

''My son can walk a little but he still needs more care,'' Khun Benjarat said. ''The surgery he has had has been very good.''

It's believed a request will be made to a well-known local Phuket politician to intercede in the case and seek a negotiated settlement with the neighbor who owns the pitbulls.

No court action has been instigated at this stage. In most countries, dogs involved in this kind of attack would be put down.

It is believed the neighbors had two more pitbulls inside their house at the time of the attack.

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Pitbulls and similar breeds are illegal in Thailand. Put them down,fine the owners and arrest the dealers. See pitbulls walking unleashed on the beach all the time. Owners should be arrested immediately for causing life threatening danger to the public. And yes....I do know my stuff about dogs as I've had purebred dogs all my life. For two instances my (leashed and excellent well trained) dogs were attacked by pitbulls resulting in the necessity to break open its jaw as it was locked while having my lab's head in his mouth.

Posted by Richard on July 20, 2013 10:17

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Those dogs should have been killed on site, the owner arrested and forced to pay the entire hospital bill for that young man. I truly hope the young man recocovers. Might not be in full, but at least to the point where he can live a somewhat normal life...Like maybe going back to work. If there is any breed I would love to see wiped off the face of the earth, it's a pit bull...and I am not sorry. My brother was attacked by one years ago. When the police arrived at the owners home, they took the dog right out and shot it in the front yard.Then took the owner away...Back in the US, we have these things called leash laws. For EVERY breed of dog.

Posted by Ted Davis on July 23, 2013 13:38

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Of the 4,276 dogs involved in fatal and disfiguring attacks on humans occurring in the U.S. & Canada since September 1982, when I began logging the data, 2,678 (65%) were pit bulls; 535 were Rottweilers; 3,452 were of related molosser breeds, including pit bulls, Rottweilers, mastiffs, boxers, and their mixes. Of the 513 human fatalities, 260 were killed by pit bulls; 84 were killed by Rottweilers; 383 (69%) were killed by molosser breeds. Of the 2,413 people who were disfigured, 1,588 (65%) were disfigured by pit bulls; 313 were disfigured by Rottweilers; 2,001 (79%) were disfigured by molosser breeds. Pit bulls--exclusive of their use in dogfighting--also inflict about 10 times as many fatal and disfiguring injuries on other pets and livestock as on humans, a pattern unique to the pit bull class. Surveys of dogs offered for sale or adoption indicate that pit bulls and pit mixes are less than 6% of the U.S. dog population; molosser breeds, all combined, are 9%.

Posted by Merritt Clifton on July 23, 2013 15:21


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