Shocking Conditions Revealed at Thailand Dog Shelter

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A recent PETA Asia investigation has unearthed shocking conditions in a “shelter” in Pattaya, Thailand, called Tony’s Shelter. This facility confines animals to filthy conditions and fails to provide them with even basic veterinary care. Tourists travelling to Pattaya or elsewhere in the country would be horrified to know about the shocking manner in which animals at this so-called “shelter” are treated. A recent inspection of the facility by PETA Asia revealed the following:


  • A dog who was unable to walk had at least two broken bones protruding through the skin on his legs and was left to die on the concrete floor of a pen with several other dogs. A kind-hearted visitor to the shelter tried to take the dog to a local veterinarian, but the dog died before he could be moved from the facility.
  • A sick-looking newborn puppy lay on the floor of a filthy, mud-soaked pen crowded with adult dogs and was not moved until PETA Asia’s inspector demanded that the puppy and her mother be transferred to a clean cage and separated from other adult dogs immediately.
  • A dog with a gaping wound on his shoulder was confined to a cage with several other dogs and was apparently given no treatment for his injuries.
  • A dog who had a fresh surgical scar on her side was kept on a mud floor in an enclosure with five or six other dogs, greatly increasing her risk of infection.

Frequent complaints from shelter visitors have reported incidents ranging from puppies who were eaten by starving adult dogs (because the puppies and their mothers are not separated from other dogs) to dogs who were castrated with elastic bands. A dog with a prolapsed uterus and another with a maggot-infested wound on his paw were left untreated. Emaciated dogs suffering from severe mange were confined to mud-filled pens littered with piles of excrement and rotten food. Frequent rain makes the pens impossible to clean.

Unfortunately, even with routine inspections by PETA Asia over the past several years and its continued efforts to work with the animal shelter’s owner – a wealthy local businessperson – and government officials, conditions at the shelter have actually worsened. Local government and tourism officials turn a blind eye to the suffering of the animals at Tony’s Shelter, and the government of Pattaya continues to bring stray animals to the facility.

Thailand is among the top destinations for UK tourists, but there are no laws in Thailand requiring that dogs be treated humanely (even in animal shelters). You can help by taking action on PETA Asia’s action alert, calling on the ambassador in your country to intervene on behalf of the animals at Tony’s Shelter.


  • Elvira commented on March 28, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Dog shelter? I honestly don’t see the point in such vicious abuse…

  • Brien Comerford commented on March 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Nothing schocks me anymore about demonic humans abusing, exploiting neglecting and killing innocent and sensitive humans.

  • Alexandra Hunter commented on March 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

    This is disgraceful

  • Brien Comerford commented on April 2, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Humans abusing, exploiting, torturing, traumatizing and massacring animals is so rampant it is no longer schocking. It’s incessantly evil and sadistic !!

  • Sirinath Jamieson commented on April 4, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Would you also please help raise awareness of the slaughter of Thai Dogs for the illegal dog meat export market?

    Since 2011 an illegal dog meat trade has sprung up in Thailand and street dogs and pets abducted and cruelly slaughtered in a million pound business to provide dog meat to Indochina. International awareness on this issue is now rising. The following disturbing videos and petition link ( ) provide evidence of how bad things now are:


    A demonstration march against this shocking trade has already been organised by the Animal Activist Alliance (AAA) in Thailand, in collaboration with 30 other animal organisations, and will assemble in front of the Thai Parliament in Bangkok on Thursday 5th April 2012 between 9:00-12:00. The protest seeks to peacefully raise awareness for the need for animal welfare laws and animal protection laws in Thailand. Increased international awareness of the situation is also needed. Can you help?

  • Lauren commented on April 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Sometimes it would be better for the dogs to be left strays :/ How anyone can do this and get away with it i dont know.

  • Anette Pilnas commented on September 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    We can not accept this cruelty against dogs or any other animal. This is so shocking this evil abuse .How can human beings treat animals like garbage, whithout considering they feel pain just like us ? THIS MUST END NOW!!

  • Mica commented on February 27, 2013 at 12:32 am


  • lauren debling commented on March 27, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Absolutely disgusting! Needs to be stopped!

  • vladislav petrov commented on March 27, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Dog shelter should protect this animals not to tortured and kill them , sick matherfuckers

  • tania commented on March 27, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I see it everyday and still can’t believe the horror. Is there a petition to sign?

  • gorges commented on March 27, 2013 at 7:56 am

    cela es de la crauté a l éxtreme de laissait des chiots se faire manger par les gros chiens, de laissait tout ces chiens en cage sans nouriture,cela es imonde honte a ceux qui on fait sa

  • Anders Richardsson commented on November 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    This “Tony” character is a shrude businessman involved in all kinds of dubious activities around Pattaya. For what reason hes been promoting this dog rescue operation one can only guess. Like to point my finger onto another terrible institution holding animals like tigers, cheetas and bears in Pattaya. The “Millions years Stone Park” are keeping these poor animals in cages as small they cannot even turn around. Tigers are given dopes så you can sit next to them and get your picture taken. THIS PLACE IS OUTRAGEOUS!!

  • WA commented on November 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

    It is better to let those animals roam free than be taken “care” of by those inhumane asians.

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