Stray dog situation in Thailand out of control

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According to the latest reports, dogs’ population in Thailand has tremendously increased and it’s even alarming that stray ones exist among them.
For instance just recently, close to 5,500 stray dogs were rescued and are currently being held in Uthai Thani’s and Thap Than districts under some 200 shelters.
According to the director of the Bureau of Disease Control and Veterinary Services (BDCV), Prapas Pinyocheep, the dog’s population as per the latest nationwide survey conducted in 2018, was about 8.5 million. Which meant, Thailand had a lot of dogs in general.
However, it occurred that around 700,000 of the population were all stray dogs among which the female dogs dominated having a population of around 340,000. This was more logical as a single female was able to produce 10 puppies or even more if not as many as that.
With this potential, it therefore meant, the stray dogs’ population could maintain a constant increment of about 3.4 million dogs in a year period.
The fight against stray dogs has always been pegged on the fact they are noise polluters, accident causes of the roads and were generally untidy. Another key reason is that they are in the very center of affecting domestic dogs with peculiar diseases such as rabies that finally gets to human beings.
Mr. Prapas report also indicated that among the stray animal’s population about 90% of them were diagnosed with rabies among which 60% were dogs.
Initiating a vaccine campaign to all stray dogs was difficult as it could pose people to more risk – the dogs are very wild and would bite.
The only option available was sterilization which meant catching the dogs and caging – a move that was fully endorsed by the relevant authorities. Alternatively, people were encouraged to adopt some of them.
The deputy director of the department, General Sorawit Thaneto, urged all the relevant agencies to help put their efforts together for a systemic control of the stray population to manageable levels.
He added that Thailand had to set up a dog’s population database that which would be used to register the details of every dog. This step would assist in the close monitoring of the stray dogs and as such the authority could easily and more effectively manage the spread of dog-bite infections to humans.
He explained that dog owner would be entirely responsible for their pets’ actions and that Thailand needed better legal terms that vilify illegal pets’ trade. All these would reduce the unwanted dog’s population.

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