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83-year old woman bitten to death by a pitbull and three other dogs

An elderly man was charged with manslaughter by the police for not chaining his dogs, allowing them to fatally attacking an 83-year old cousin in Khloong district of Chanthaburi province.

The incident took place on Sunday evening as the victim, Mrs Pram Chotiwan, was walking past the house of her cousin, 67-year old Thong-in Chotiwan, in the same neighbourhood in Tambon Troknong, when, out of a sudden, one pitbull and three other dogs rushed out of the house and attacked her until she collapsed on the road.

Neighbours then alerted rescue workers who rushed the victim to the district hospital where she was pronounced dead shortly afterward due to fatal wounds in her neck.

The dog owner, Mr Thong-in, told police that he had finished preparing food for the dogs and then left the house to attend to some business without chaining or caging the dogs. He said he was saddened when he learned that his dogs had fatally attacked his cousin and offered an apology to the victim's family.

He promised to pay compensation to the victim's family and to keep the dogs in cages.

The victim's daughter, 37-year Mrs Pattana Khaengkhan, said Mrs Pram used to be bitten by the dogs twice in the past but the wounds were not serious.

Neighbours complained that the dogs often harass and bite people who walk past Thong-in's house.

Pol Col Chennarong Yuek-ngern, the superintendent of Khloong district police, said despite Mr Thong-in's offer of compensation and apology, the latter still face charge of carelessness, causing death to another person.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)