A dog with only three
legs has rescued a newborn baby that was
buried alive – reportedly by its teenage mother.
Ping Pong is the most recent
hero in his country for saving the child whose 15-year-old
mother was believed to have been hiding her pregnancy from her parents.
The dog was barking and
scratching at dirt by a field, alerting his owner, who then found an infant’s
leg sticking up.
Locals rushed the 5.2lbs baby to hospital, where doctors
cleaned him up and declared he was healthy.
Police said they had arrested
the mother and charged her with child abandonment and attempted murder.
The girl’s parents have offered to raise the baby although
authorities have not yet decided whether to allow that.
Lt Col Panuwat Puttakam, of
Chum Phuang police station, told the Bangkok Postthat
although the girl was underage, police were bound by law to charge her and she
would be interrogated in the presence of child service workers.
“The girl is now in the care of a psychologist and her parents
because she is in great fear. She regrets what she did and said she acted on
impulse without thinking it through. She feared her parents would find out she
had been pregnant,” the officer said.
“Police officers are
preparing to prosecute the mother but she is also a child and we must consider
her mind and be professional. It is important that she is nurtured and treated
fairly,” said Wichian Chantharanothai, governor of the Nakhon Ratchasima area.
He said the baby survived
because he was buried only shallowly.Ping Pong’s owner, Usa Nisaikha, said the dog lost the use of a
leg when it was hit by a car.
“I kept him because he’s so
loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go to the fields to tend to
my cattle. He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing,” he said.