It’s a dog’s life


Dear Hillary,

We have a lot of stray dogs in our soi, and they are getting to be a problem. Never mind soiling everywhere, they are also very aggressive. They haven’t bitten anyone yet to my knowledge, but I am sure it will happen, especially with the next litter to add to the number. There is also the worry about rabies, so much so we can’t take our own dog outside of our garden, so we get dog poo on our lawn as well. If I were to accidentally run over one of these dogs, would I be breaking the law? And would I be liable to pay for vet fees and the like, if I injured one? We have contacted the city administration and they say they will look into it but nothing has happened as far as I know. The dogs are still there. What suggestions do you have for us?


Dear Raymond,

There are 70 million people in Thailand and at three dogs per head, that’s 210 million soi dogs, and you expect one little Hillary can sweep them all up like the Pied Piper of Hamlin. Impossible, my Petal. And while your running over a couple of dogs lowers the number to 208,998,000, that’s not doing much for the overall problem, and yes, for many reasons, you would be expected to pay the vet’s consultation fee. The best advice I can give you is to organize the neighbors to get a spaying clinic and slowly you will reduce the numbers. I have been told you can fix male dogs by banging two bricks together. I asked wasn’t it very painful and was told only if you get your thumb caught between the bricks.