Thai King’s favourite dog dies, days after ‘insult’ arrest

Thai King’s favourite dog dies, days after ‘insult’ arrest

By Staff Writer

30 Dec, 2015 | 4:46 pm

The favorite dog of Thailand’s ailing monarch has died, days after a man was arrested under the kingdom’s strict royal defamation laws for allegedly making a satirical online remark about the beloved canine.

The dog, called Tongdaeng (Copper), became both a household name and a publishing sensation in Thailand after King Bhumibol Adulyadej adopted her as a stray puppy and penned a heartfelt book about her attributes in 2002.

She was praised for her loyalty and obedience, with the book widely interpreted at the time as a parable about how Thais should live and remember their place within the rigid society.

But earlier this month, a man called Thanakorn Siripaiboon, 27, was arrested after he allegedly made a ‘satirical’ Facebook post about Tongdaeng and the king. He could face up to 37 years in prison under the country’s laws.

Tongdaeng’s death was announced in a statement from the veterinary faculty of Kasetsart University on Monday night.