A 68-year-old Buddhist monk narrowly escaped death after being mauled by nearly 10 pit bulls while on a morning alms round in Samut Songkhram province on Tuesday, a local police Facebook page revealed on Wednesday.
The photos of Phakhru Samutkhanisorn Panyawichuro’s 50 bitemarks, including several wounds that required up to 20 stitches were circulated in Thai social media. The Nation visited the scene, a small alley at the entrance to Luangpor Ban Laem Bang Hua Kruad monastery in Tambon Thai Hat, Muang district, along with Ban Bang Hua Kruad (moo 5) village headman Direk Makhamek.
The headman said the monk was on an alms collection round when he was first chased by one pit bull and, as he backed away and fell down, 5-6 other pit bulls attacked him. Direk said the dogs belonged to car painter Saman Sitthibutr, who wasn’t at home at the time. He had kept the dogs within the house’s fenced compound but the pit bulls had managed to escape.