At the end of last week, once again, the authorities of the resort island of Phuket in Thailand caught three angry stray dogs and injected them with a sleeping drug after they kept tourists and locals at bay for a long time, chasing them. But the problem with homeless animals still remains unresolved. The details were reported by The Thaiger, citing the municipality of Phuket.
It was specified that stray dogs were chasing vacationers and locals near Toh Sae Hill public park in the main area of the city. The municipality noted that the drug administered to the animals did not have a negative effect on them, but was needed to immobilize dangerous mongrels. The municipality alerted Phuket Live Stock in advance, and after being sedated, the staff took the sleeping dogs to a shelter for homeless animals in the Thalang area.
The Kingdom of Dogs and Cats
Thailand is struggling to solve the problem of a large number of homeless dogs and cats. It is estimated that in 2017 there were 860,000 homeless animals in the country. This is two and a half times more than it was a decade earlier, in 2007.
The problem with homeless animals, some of which pose a real threat to others, is developing very quickly in the land of smiles. For example, Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, Deputy Director General of Thailand's Animal Development Department, predicted that it will only get worse over time: in 2027, there will be “up to 2 million stray dogs and cats in Thailand and 5 million in 2037.”
Earlier this month, the non-profit organization Soi Dog Foundation held an annual vaccination campaign at Phuket's homeless dog shelter in Thalang, also known as the “Government Dog Shelter”. A team of Soi Dog veterinarians, public relations officers, rescuers and a representative from the provincial branch of the Phuket Livestock Development Department came together to vaccinate 735 local dogs at a government facility. Our little brothers received life-saving vaccinations against six diseases, including rabies, distemper and parvovirus. In this sense, they have ceased to be dangerous for visitors.
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