All of them were locked in cages and were found to be suffering from such severe malnutrition their bones were poking through their fur.
One female dog and her two puppies were also found to have died due to the terrible conditions.
The others were rescued by group of volunteers who raided the home after being alerted to the animals’ plight by a relative of the owner.
A housekeeper named only as Nui, 50, allowed them into the property and a vet was able to feed and treat the dogs.The animals were then relocated to the Livestock Development’s Animal Centre to recover their mental and physical health, before King Rama X announced he would adopt them.
They are now recovering with help from Watchdog Thailand and the monarch is covering the cost of their treatment, food and ongoing care. He ordered his household to adopt all of the Great Danes at the Animal Welfare Division after hearing what had happened.A spokesman said: ‘We have received a Royal command from His Majesty The King. His Royal Highness has commanded a delegation to adopt the dogs at the Animal Welfare Division.’
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Police are now investigating the former owner, who is reportedly unemployed after abandoning the farm.They are likely to face punishment under the Cruelty Prevention and Welfare of Animal Act.