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Phuket officials look to install animal shelters at all municipalities

Phuket officials look to install animal shelters at all municipalities

PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Government is looking to have animal shelters for stray dogs installed at every municipality and tambon administration organisation (OrBorTor) on the island as a way of helping to ease overcrowding at the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter in Thalang.

By The Phuket News

Friday 27 November 2020, 06:16PM

The Phuket Stray Dog Shelter is currently home to more than 900 dogs. Photo: Phuket Livestock office / file

The Phuket Stray Dog Shelter is currently home to more than 900 dogs. Photo: Phuket Livestock office / file

STORY RETRACTION: Manas Thepparuk, Chief of Phuket Provincial Office of the Department of Livestock Development (DLD), later clarified that officials are NOT looking to have animal shelters installed at every municipality. The call was for every municipality to provide the funds required to operate the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter. See story here.

Vice Governor Phichet Panaphong presided over a meeting held yesterday (Nov 26) to discuss the plan. Joining the meeting were Phuket Livestock Office Chief Manas Thepparuk and other relevant officers, including those who oversee operations at the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter.

V/Gov Phichet explained that this meeting aimed to review the working performance for the shelter in the fiscal year 2020, the management of the dog population on the island, and the estimated cost for feeding the dogs fiscal year 2021 (Oct 1, 2020 - Sept 30, 2021).

The committee also reviewed the projects that already received the budget of the fiscal year 2021, including the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter itself, and the shelter development project that funds its operation. 

However, the committee also urged the 18 municipalities and OrBorTor on the island to start budgeting to fund their own shelters for stray dogs in their areas as a priority in order to ease overcrowding at the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter.

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There are currently more than 900 stray dogs at the shelter that have been caught by administrative officers, V/Gov Phichet noted.

“Built in 2004, the Phuket stray dog shelter is to be a place to take care of stray dogs. Phuket is a tourism destination, so the stray dog problems have to be solved,” he said.

The operation of the Phuket Stray Dog Shelter and the conditions there has come under stern criticism by Phuket’s well-respected Soi Dog Foundation in years past.

However, in light of the limited resources at the officers’ disposal there, the Soi Dog Foundation has for years assisted in providing care for the dogs at the shelter, and in 2018 donated more than B560,000 to build a new quarantine area and install a water filtration system.

Soi Dog vets and volunteers still visit the shelter once a week in providing the ongoing care for dogs incarcerated there.

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Jor12 | 30 November 2020 - 03:39:23 are but an intrusion in Thailand with no regard for it's religious beliefs and norms.

Kurt | 29 November 2020 - 10:23:44

Does the Phuket Government knows how many stray dogs are on Phuket ( including the dogs in Soi Dog and Phuket stray dog shelter),  4000 or more? I think they don't as they not even know how many Thai are living on Phuket. Any way, the present stray dog policy some time will come to a 'dead end'. It can not go on. Some Authorities have to make sad decisions to tackle this problem perman...

Kurt | 28 November 2020 - 14:11:07

To tackle negative reactions of the team of my 'followers' on forehand:  In many countries dogs enrolled in a shelter may stay there a certain period of time. All efforts will be done to find them a owner ( Open Days, advertising). When the time is up, there will be euthanasia, to make place for new arrivals. It's hard, but what else to do?

Kurt | 28 November 2020 - 13:33:09

Since many months Phuket is not a tourist destination. These problems could have been fixed already. It just needs ideas. 900 Dogs at 1 location doesn't sound good. Let every OrBorTor having it's own dog shelter. Decentralizing makes problems smaller as long as euthanasia is a unpleasant bridge to far in thinking.

Junkie9 | 28 November 2020 - 08:16:32

The Phuket authorities have never provided sufficient funds to run the place which is little more than a concentration camp for dogs and now cats. The costs of running a shelter properly are huge and the pound was meant for aggressive dogs only. In reality very few there are aggressive. Sterilise them and leave them in their area is the only thing that works long term. 


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