Who will pay for stray dogs?


Dear Sir,

First I do like dogs and they are man’s best friend.

However, according to Director-General Dr Suwan­nachai Wattanayingcharoen­chai, the disease Control Department (DCD) is warning people to be cautious as between January and March, nearly 80,000 people sustained bites from dogs, and of the victims, 30 percent were younger than 15. This is totally unacceptable even to the most ardent dog lover.

These bites or scratches can easily turn infectious or fatal in this hot humid country. And then there are huge bills to cover medical and or funeral costs. I am a victim of an unprovoked dog attack. My leg is still healing, however, there is nerve damage to my foot. Although the dog was collared and the care taker was talked to, these were my costs for hospital, medication, dressing over a 6 weeks period. Approx 40,000 baht.

According to the Local Administration Department, there are 10.78 million stray dogs and cats in the country and the Livestock Development Department said it has found 156 rabid dogs in 39 provinces. These are truly appalling statistics.

Referring to a story in Pattaya Mail Mailbag imploring Pattaya’s Deputy Mayor not to impound dogs. I have to disagree on a few points. People feed the stray dogs. Some even go so far as to drive around in the mornings spreading dried dog food around the streets. This also attracts pigeons and rats. So blaming the garbage around that feeds the dogs is farfetched. Blaming City Hall for waste management is brave indeed, as they collect every day and many of the dogs seem to rather like the dried food and a friendly pat on the head from the feeder. A solution is to fine the people feeding the soi dogs. They can be found each morning doing the feeding rounds.

The money / resources spent on looking after the dogs with sterilization has not worked given the figures above and statements from the DG. Surely most people would prefer that these resources be directed towards the homeless kids in the slums. The feeding/sterilization/rounding up and releasing (CNVR) of the dogs seems a luxury item that most Thais cannot afford. So isn’t the money better spent on the kids of the future?

If you want the dogs collected in a more cost-effective way then it would be cheaper to pay Thai people 100 baht for each dog rounded up and given to the City Hall to take to the pound. This would certainly clear the streets and “a job well done” for the dogs “not caught”. With the 100 baht people can donate the money or could feed their own kids from the slums.

The dog pounds are a luxury given Thailand’s status. Like most places around the world the pounds would have a way to deal with the dogs over time. CNVR is not the answer as the dogs if released must be registered and the owners responsible for any injuries or accidents the dogs cause. You can’t simply return an unregistered dog to occupy a space so another dog won’t “move in”. These dogs can still bite and so who is responsible? Who is going to pay for the registration of the dogs?

Dogs in Jomtien Beach area are mostly sustained by people feeding dried food to them as a daily job. This should be looked at.

80,000 bites in a few months shows an intelligent person something or not?

If you want a dog then register it! Be responsible!


Kelvin Bamfield