A video recording shows a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, who weighs no more than a few pounds, being forced to smoke a marijuana cigarette by his owners.
The owners are Thailand natives Rattiyakorn Prangthong and her partner Tango. They capture a video on a cellphone of them placing a marijuana cigarette between the puppy’s lips and lighting it up to the sound of their giggling. As soon as the puppy inhales a little bit of the smoke, he passes out on the owner’s lap and starts to twitch in his sleep.
As the cigarette was going out, the couple attempts to light it up again.However, the puppy begins to frantically move in an attempt to breathe some air.
While the cigarette hangs on the puppy’s lips, the owner can be seen poking and shaking the passed out pup to wake him up.
People were absolutely outraged when the couple uploaded the video to social media, and the Mirror reports that numerous people called the authorities on the couple to check on the puppy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Social media user Ton Sompong Kwang Supawan said: “This is a stupid thing to do. If you have a puppy you have to take care of it, not use it like a silly toy to make jokes with.”
He added: “I wish that somebody would take the puppy away from them. I don’t think that’s a healthy thing for it to be doing.”
The owner, Ms Prangthong responded to the hostile public reaction by saying that the puppy is well and healthy.
She comments that: “We haven’t been cruel towards the dog. We have taken good care of him and he is healthy.”
“We are dog lovers. I understand that everybody loves animals and wants to make sure he is not hurt. I’m sorry to all the people who have dogs, too.”
Meanwhile, her boyfriend Tango added: ‘”We have to apologise and accept responsibility. We won’t do anything like this again.”
“The criticism has had a bad impact on everyone around us and our family”.
“It has made us more conscious of the issue.”
Unfortunately, instances such as in this video are not one of a kind. Animal health agencies are warning owners from the dangers of providing pets with intoxicating substances. The PDSA (people’s dispensary for sick animals in the UK) specifically warned marijuana smokers about the dangers of passive smoking to their pets.
According to PDSA vet Olivia Anderson-Nathan: “Many pet owners are unaware of the risks that smoking can have on their pets’ health.”
“If they knew, I’m sure they would want to protect them.”
“Our vets and nurses regularly see the devastating impact smoking can have on pets”.
“Problems range from issues like asthma and chronic coughing through to fatal conditions.”
“Cancers such as lymphoma, for example, are twice as likely in cats exposed to cigarette smoke.”
“Recent studies highlight that this is a really serious issue, and we want pet owners to know that they can make a real difference by simply choosing to smoke outdoors away from their pets.”