New pet control measures now in effect

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All dogs and cats must now be registered according to a new ordinance passed by the city council and signed into law by both the mayor and governor.

The law was signed Sept. 2 and came into effect 7 days later on Sept. 9. That would mean owners have until Sept. 9, 2020 to register their pets. Those who don’t face stiff fines.

Other edicts laid out in the new law include loose or unattended cats and dogs are banned from public areas, and on Pattaya North Road from Sukhumvit Road to the Dolphin Roundabout.

Nothing in the law states specifically how this will apply to strays.

Curiously, the law also puts a limit on pet ownership. People living in an area of 18 Sq. wa or less are not allowed to have more than 2 dogs and/or 3 cats, unless the pet owner obtains permission from their local pet control officer.

However, people who already are over the limit can be grandfathered in and don’t need further permission. These owners still must register their animals, as well as show proof the animals have been sterilized to control their numbers.

Puppies and kittens must be registered within 120 days of their birth and must be vaccinated for rabies.

Pet owners must provide a proper, hygienic living space for their cats and dogs and must control their pets to keep them from causing trouble and from harming neighbors.

When taken for walks, pets must always wear their registration tags and/or owners must produce their registration when asked by authorities.

Owners are required to immediately eliminate dung or sewage from dogs and cats in houses, public areas, and other places.

Violators face up to a 10,000 baht fine. (PCPR)