Responding to a complaint by local villagers, officers yesterday paid a visit to the house of 54-year-old Ms Christy Sweet in Cherng Talay's Moo 6 locale.
Police said that villagers had made complaints that the American woman had been causing a nuiciance by honking her scooter horn and making loud banging sounds in recent early mornings.
The officers were also looking into whether the smell of horse manure on the woman's property is an issue for neighbors downwind.
“Elderly and handicapped residents have been affected by the annoying [woman],” said Cherng Talay Police Chief, Colonel Sermkwan Nimit.
The complaint is only the latest escelation of a domestic dispute between the American woman, who looks after ponies on the property, and a Thai man, Mr Prasit Jumpada, 45, who recently built two chicken coops on his adjacent rubber plantation.
In a complaint submitted to the Phuket Provincial Public Health office and the Damroangtham Centre (provincial omsbudman), Ms Sweet wrote "I have made additional and initial complaint to [the government complaint] 1111 center [hotline on] Nov 11 regarding police inaction against the neighbor whose roosters installed in two locations,(to circumvent small private holdings rules of under 50 birds), 25 and 30 meters from my house (and 150 meters from his) [that] wake me up at about 4:15 am consistently, for over one month now."
Ms Sweet asserts that aside from the chickens affecting her right to rest at dawn, that they are in violation of noise nuciance laws. However, local authorities have yet to see it that way.
Ms Sweet says she was visited by officers on November 17, who informed her that "Number 1 police head called and tells us to make Mr Prasit move the roosters..."
However, after three days of inaction, Ms Sweet says the local police changed their position, that her Thai neighbor was within his rights and did not have to move his roosters at night.
“The tourist woman complained about constantly being woken up by Mr Prasit's chickens, which he raises in a coop about 50 meters from the house that the woman rents,” said Col Sermkwan.
“We told her to close her windows and doors in the morning. It's natural for chickens [roosters to make noise] in the morning,” said Col Sermkwan.
Mr Narong Pabara, a sanatation researcher employed by the Cherng Talay sub district administration organisation assigned by the Phuket Provincial Health Office to follow up on Ms Christy's complaints, concurred with officers that Mr Prasit was not doing anything illegal.
“Pr Prasit is permitted to raise chickens in the traditional efficiency economy Thai way, but not in a farm format or for any commercial purposes. His coop is in a 'green zone' in that it is a few kilometres away from a community [center],” concluded Mr Narong.
Meanwhile, Ms Christy will continue to press her case, hoping for different results via the government complaint centre hotline (1111).
On her public Facebook feed yesterday, she wrote, “This afternoon, some nice uniformed men ... stopped by my house along with two local officers, one of whom I have made a complaint against –being unprofessional in conduct concerning the complaint I have made against the neighbor, Mr Prasit, whose roosters – installed 30 meters from my house and 150 meters from his – wake me up at about 4: 15 am consistently, for over a month now ...
“I did get a bit suspicious [about the investigating officers] when they remarked a pile of manure 20 meters downwind from them gave off a terrible stench and the rooster owning neighbors 150 meters away might complain. They weren’t really prepared for me asking them to leave my property...
“They also were a bit fazzled by the fact the Provincial Health authority has visited my property, already ascertaining there is no smell and btw I’m now on the phone to the Central Govt Complaint call center ( 1111 ) where I've filed two separate complaints on the local govt and police to uphold the law, and am now making a third and they’d like to talk to one of you.
"I am a light sleeper, I've lived alone for many years , I am sensitive to noises, as someone may be trying to break into my home, or the ponies may be sick, rolling to death with a colic illness or breaking down fences and getting out."
Ms Sweet also asserts that her Thai neighbors have set off fireworks to spook her ponies.