He asked some locals about Chack Chack, and they told him that he’d originally come from a local dog meat farm. When the Thai government enacted an animal welfare act in 2014 that made the dog meat trade illegal, the farm shut down, and Chack Chack was set loose. A man briefly adopted Chack Chack, according to Chour, but he ended up abandoning him.
From then on, Chack Chack lived on the streets, getting the occasional meal from a villager. But without regular, nutritious food and veterinary care, Chack Chack got sick — so sick, he lost his mobility.
“People were afraid of him,” Chour told The Dodo. “He couldn’t walk. He was dying.”