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Finnish boy, 5, attacked by stray dogs at Ao Nang, Krabi

PHUKET: A 5-year-old Finnish boy is in hospital after being attacked by a pack of stay dogs at Ao Nang Beach in Krabi yesterday (Feb 20).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 21 February 2019, 01:03PM


Five-year-old Finnish boy Eemi Nikula remains recovering from his ordeal at Krabi Nakharin International Hospital. Photo: Sutee Krabii

Five-year-old Finnish boy Eemi Nikula remains recovering from his ordeal at Krabi Nakharin International Hospital. Photo: Sutee Krabii

The boy, Eemi Nikula, suffered scratches and bites to his torso, back and buttocks and has a wound about five centimetres long on his right calf.

The most dangerous wound was a bite to his neck, where fangs had punctured two holes near his Adam’s apple.

Eemi is now recovering at Krabi Nakharin International Hospital, where doctors have treated his wounds.

The boy has been vaccinated for rabies and tetanus, doctors confirmed.

He is to stay under observation at the hospital for any outbreak of fever or other signs of infection, doctors noted.

Eemi’s father, Appo Nikula, 30, explained that the dog attack happened at about 6:30pm.

Mr Nikula was leaving the beach with his two sons, but Eemi went back to the water to wash sand off himself.

Suddenly he saw a pack of four to five dogs attack his son, he said.

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He ran to intervene and with the help of people nearby manged to get the pack away from Eemi.

The pack of dogs even followed him while he was carrying Eemi from the beach, Mr Nikula said.

In the end, local people chased the dogs away, he added.

Pankum Kittithornkul, Chief Administration Officer (Palad) at the Ao Nang Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) visited Eemi at the hospital last night.

“Ao Nang OrBorTor has a campaign to sterilise local stray dogs and vaccinate them against rabies. The campaign is ongoing every year, but still people dump their dogs in public areas, which makes it hard to keep our campaign effective,” he said.

“I have ordered the Public Health and Environment Division (at Ao Nang OrBorTor) to coordinate with district livestock officials to check the area and catch the dogs that attacked Eemi,” he added.

We need to know how many such dogs are out there and whether they have been vaccinated for rabies,” he said.

“This is very important. Ao Nang Beach and Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park are popular tourist areas, and this is the first time we have had stray dogs hurting tourists, but we must take quick action to prevent it from happening again,” MrPankum said.

 

 

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Sutty | 24 February 2019 - 14:27:49

Have been travelling to Aorangi for the last 10 years
This was an accident waiting to happen and it’s extremely sad that someone had to be attacked for the Authorities to do something.
Let’s hope this is not a one off !

Jor12 | 23 February 2019 - 12:20:38

Hell, they dont even listen to governments who plead to release a human from gaol, so there is no chance of them listening to activists who want to see ethical treatment of animals.  From your objection, it's clear that it's ok to hunt whales to extinction or endangered species like the black panther hunted to oblivion? Yep that will work. 

DeKaaskopp | 23 February 2019 - 10:33:03

"Hope your children not get attacked"Thank god i don't have any.  "Cry Babies" on here are already so nerve-racking.And i bet that most of those dogs were more than once mistreated in their lives.Best to read some statements from "Soi Dog"Much more intelligent than your "kill them all"nonsense.

Fight Corruption | 22 February 2019 - 07:46:19

When will the Thai government stop taking orders from other governments and foreign organizations such as PETA. Thai government! Do this now! Sir yes sir!

Kurt | 21 February 2019 - 21:26:51

Dek, your comment makes no sense. Snakes not attack people when they are not provocated and feel the need to protect themselves. Male elephants are 'miss used' in Thailand. A lot of cruelty. Sometimes they 'break out'. Packs of stray dogs attack people without reason, mostly children. They are dangerous. Hope your children not get attacked and end up in hospital, marked for life

Pascale | 21 February 2019 - 17:51:49

Nothing wrong with euthanizing vicious dogs.Asking to euthanize all stray dogs is stupid and actually shows that the worst animals one can find are among humans.

DeKaaskopp | 21 February 2019 - 16:53:25

Why only dogs? Why not kill every animal that attacks humans,like that elephant from another article.Or all those snakes who dare to sneak into some houses.Or move to Indonesia.

Discover Thainess | 21 February 2019 - 14:38:56

It’s been said time and time again that the stray dogs that roam thailand are a dangerous menace and need to be euthanized, religious beliefs must be put aside. It’s one of the main reasons I love Indonesia so much, they just don’t have a stray dog problem. I feel bad for the dogs and wish there was a better way, but they cannot be allowed to roam in packs this way. 

Kurt | 21 February 2019 - 13:20:17

Do thai officials understand that packs of stray dogs are very dangerous, sterilized/vaccinated or not? That process makes the pack stray dogs not less dangerous They have put them down. It is now weekly that we read this world wide about thai pack stray dogs attacking at thai beaches. Safe me that 'first time' nonsense!

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