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Rawai Mayor to ban dogs on Nai Harn Beach

Rawai Mayor to ban dogs on Nai Harn Beach

PHUKET: Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos will ban people from walking their dogs along Nai Harn Beach, enforced by a fine of up to B2,000 for whoever violates the ban.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 3 September 2020, 11:03AM

People will be banned from bringing their own dogs onto Nai Harn Beach, but the strays will stay. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service

People will be banned from bringing their own dogs onto Nai Harn Beach, but the strays will stay. Photo: Phuket Lifeguard Service

The move follows a report that one visitor to the beach was set upon by two dogs that another visitor had brought to the beach, but allowed the dogs to roam free.

“We will post signs to explain that dogs are not allowed to be brought onto the beach. They will not be allowed on the sand, but they will be allowed on the grass area near the beach from 7am to 7pm every day,” Mayor Aroon told The Phuket News.

“The sign will also show that whoever violates the rule will be fined up to B2,000,” he added.

“We [Rawai Municipality officials] will discuss this rule and the fine together this week,” Mayor Aroon added.

Mayor Aroon added that the number of stray dogs at the beach was also a concern.

However, he added that he had never received a report that anyone at the beach had been attacked by the stray dogs there.

“I have been informed that many stray dogs are in the area, and some of these dogs have scared some visitors at the beach, but I have not heard of anyone being bitten or attacked by these dogs. I think they are not aggressive and have not tried to bite anyone,” he said.

“If a dog does attack any visitor, I will send officers there to have the dog removed,” he added.

Mayor Aroon noted that many of the stray dogs at the beach tend to be well cared for.

“Some people take food to give to them at the beach, while others give them food at the temple [nearby]. The dogs do not get food from trash at the beach, as the trash is cleared from Nai Harn beach every day,” he said.

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JohnZorglub | 05 September 2020 - 09:22:35

You should go to You Tube and do this search: Nai Harn dogs (Phuket)

maverick | 04 September 2020 - 12:42:21

Stray dogs are a separate issue would either need to be destroyed or facilities built to house them perhaps govt could work with Soi Dog foundation to address the issue....personally I have never found stray dogs an issue especially when I am cycling - so called “domesticated “ dogs another story - very dangerous early morning when you cycle past at speed . I have to avoid certain routes......

Kurt | 04 September 2020 - 10:38:59

Anyway, anyone now bitten by a stray dog at  Naiharn beach can claim medical costs, rabies test, and sue the Rawai Mayor for carelessness and negligence ( but take a lawyer from Bangkok!)

Kurt | 04 September 2020 - 10:10:25

It is simple. Tourists with children do not want to see stray dogs at Thai beaches. Great risks!  And who is going to enforce that Rawai new 2000 thb fine rule ? Not the RTP, they hate to walk the hots sands in their tight uniforms. Another useless rule that is just for show as not all dogs are banned from beach. Piece of not thinking before doing.

Sam85 | 04 September 2020 - 04:39:56

All the beaches of Phuket are invaded by large stray dogs, which disturb and attack tourists!!!!!!!!
dirty everywhere, how disgusting!!!!!!! 

Kurt | 04 September 2020 - 00:21:52

A ban on dogs with owner, no ban on stray dogs.  Really Thai. Mayor: 'I have been informed there are stray dogs' ( he never looks at his beach?).  'I don't think they will bite' ( were is that thinking coming from?). Al together Thainess. Why not oblige owners to have dogs on leash, while have that hopeless unfriendly fine doing is there?

charles | 03 September 2020 - 21:05:13

wonder if the stray dogs can read the notice they are not supposed to be on the beach 

maverick | 03 September 2020 - 11:59:29

Not before time - a bigger issue is owners allowing dogs to soil the beach and not clean up after the animal which is why the strays should be removed as well 

LALALA | 03 September 2020 - 11:15:23

This is since years the first good decision this major has taken. Hopefully this law will be strictly enforced.


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