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Disabled dog rescues baby buried alive by teen mum in Thailand

Photo Credit: Thai television

Disabled dog rescues baby buried alive by teen mum in Thailand

Residents of a village in north-east Thailand are hailing a local dog as a hero after he sniffed out a baby buried alive and left to die by his mother.

Disabled dog rescues baby buried alive by teen mum in Thailand

On Wednesday the dog named Ping Pong – digging and sniffing – attracted the attention of farmers to a spot of ground in Ban Nong Kham village, in Cham Phuang district, north east of Bangkok. According to Ping Pong’s owner, the dog’s digging exposed the child’s legs, prompting locals to haul the infant to safety.

The baby boy is said to have been abandoned by his mother, 15, to hide her pregnancy from her parents, The Guardian reports.

Locals rushed the baby to hospital where doctors cleaned him up and declared he was healthy.

Police soon apprehended a 15-year-old girl, who reportedly was charged with attempted murder after she confessed to burying the baby.

Panuwat Puttakam, an officer at Chum Phuang police station, told the Bangkok Post she was now in the care of her parents and a psychologist.

Ping Pong, 6, is a Thai breed dog who only has three working legs. He is owned by a local man Usa Nisaika, 41, who raised him from birth.

“Ping Pong was hit by a car, so he’s disabled. But I kept him because he’s so loyal and obedient, and always helps me out when I go into the fields to tend to my cattle,” Usa told Khaosod Newspaper. “He’s loved by the entire village. It’s amazing he found the baby.”

“I heard a dog barking and a baby crying in a cassava plantation, so I went there to check,” he told the publication. “The dog was digging up a dirt pile and the baby’s legs emerged.”

The girl’s family have since said they will look after the child, who was declared healthy after his rescue.

The three-legged Ping Pong is now hero of the community.

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