Pattaya temple paying reward to ID pet dumpers

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Wat Boonsamphan is offering 1,000-baht rewards for anyone who can identify the people dumping unwanted dogs and cats at the temple.
Wat Boonsamphan is offering 1,000-baht rewards for anyone who can identify the people dumping unwanted dogs and cats at the temple.

Wat Boonsamphan is offering 1,000-baht rewards for anyone who can identify the people dumping unwanted dogs and cats at the temple. To date, more than 200 have been set loose there.

Lay minister Wanchai Sanngam said the temple’s animal problem is getting out of control, as people who get puppies and kittens heartlessly abandon them once they grow up and aren’t as cute anymore. Rather than take responsibility, they dump their duties on monks.

The result has been Boonsamphan has come to resemble an animal shelter, he said. Pens have been built to corral the dogs, as they were defecating all over temple grounds.

The monks are so upset that they are now paying informants 1,000 baht a case if anyone can identify the people dumping animals. Wanchai said the offer has had some results, with photos and tips given that have pointed back to the people stealthily disposing of their animals.

Anyone with information on animal dumping at the temple can call 081-801-7296 24 hours a day.