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Phuket stray dog pound make-over takes shape

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During a morning meeting at the Provincial Hall (November 14), Phuket’s Governor, Noraphat Plodthong revealed the development plans for the Suan Pa Bang Kanun dog pound.

He has ordered the Phuket Livestock Office to push forward the paperwork relating to the land of Suan Pa Bang Kanun so the renovation and development can progress as soon as possible. A lighting system will also be installed at the entrance of the property.

A committee will be set up to administrate, raise donations and manage the donations by creating a bank account and marketing strategy for the stray dog pound as well.

There will be 2 spots to donate food for the stray dogs which include the Phuket Livestock Office in Phuket Town and Suan Pa Bang Kanun in Thalang.

At the meeting the livestock office revealed that there are 497 stray dogs* around Phuket and the office is trying to separate the fierce dogs such as those on To Sae Hill and Chalong Temple. These dogs would be brought to Suan Pa Bang Kanun to ensure they are looked after without threatening people.

The donation boxes to help stray dogs will be placed in many places such as Phuket International Airport, Central Festival Phuket and Jungceylon mall.

The stray dog management by Phuket Province follows the rabies free project under HRH Princess Chulabhorn.

The knowledge base and success of volunteer projects like the Soi Dog Foundation, founded and operated privately in Phuket, has also provided a blue-print for successful management and administration of the island’s stray dog problem.

* John Daley from Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation has responded with a much more realistic assessment of dog numbers from what our Thai staff reported… 

“Soi Dog Foundation would like to point out that although the number of free roaming dogs on Phuket has drastically reduced over the past 13 years, principally due to the tens of thousands of dogs sterilised by the Foundation, the figure of 497 stray dogs on the island we believe to be an error in translation, and probably refers to number of dogs in the dog pound.
 
Although currently operating a maintenance programme only on Phuket, over 4,000 mainly free roaming dogs have been sterilised and returned in past 12 months alone by SDF.
If the 497 does refer to stray dogs on the island then the Livestock office must be somehow classifying the vast majority of free roaming dogs as not stray.”

Founder of Soi Dog Foundation, John Daley, at a recent function to launch another education initiative to promote better co-habitation between animals and humans on the island.

- Kritsada Mueanhawong

Kritsada Mueanhawong lives the news. He chases it and delivers it, fresh everyday. Nathan Thepbamrung is a Phuket native that translates the Thai news feeds and prepares them for Phuket Gazette.

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  1. harry1

    November 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    a big step in the right direction l visited this shelter although they doing a good job they urgently need resources l hope they succeed so the public can help is there a online donation ?

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Pattaya: Russian on overstay, and his wife, arrested for stealing motorbike

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Pattaya Police have arrested a Russian man after stealing a motorbike from a Hungarian in the seaside party town earlier this month.

26 year old Vladimir Zhulabrev allegedly stole a motorbike belonging to retired Hungarian doctor 71 year old Gabor Tamas Pethoe while it was parked outside a condo in the Nong Prue area on June 10.

Police arrested Zhulabrev along with his Thai wife, 25 year old Parichart Ninnon, after investigation of CCTV footage showed them stealing the motorcycle. Zhulabrev, who was also found to be staying in Thailand on an expired tourist visa, tested positive for illegal drugs. He’s confessed to stealing the motorcycle and said he did so to fund his drug habit.

Zhulabrev has been charged with overstaying his visa and theft, while Ninnon has also been charged with theft. The pair remain in custody in Pattaya awaiting further legal proceedings.

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Thai PM confirms February election during visit to UK

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by Vipaporn Pooritanasarn

Thai PM General Prayut Chan-ocha has confirmed the the country will hold a general election early next year along with readiness to strengthen trade ties with England.

He’s made the statement during his visit to the UK this week. General Prayut had talks with Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler about promoting trading opportunities between the two countries through the so-called Global British policy and the Thailand 4.0 policy, with the Thai – UK Business Leadership Council playing a key role in the matter.

At the start of last week the PM alluded to the imminent coronation of HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn and possibility that a coronation event may push the deadline for an election forward. His statements to the UK media suggest he does not see the important national event impeding the roadmap of the Government to hold an election at the start of next year.

With regard to Thailand’s political situation, Gen Prayut confirmed that the general election would be held in February next year and local elections might take place three months after the general election.

The Prime Minister also had the opportunity to meet Thai people in London and thanked those who offered moral support to him. Thailand’s prime minister said he was not angry with those who oppose him, adding he came to the UK for the country’s sake.

But the General had to cut short his meeting with Thai expats due to a terror warning from security officers. The Royal Thai Embassy in London announced the warning affecting Thai people and advised them to exercise caution when returning home.

Original source HERE.

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Bangkok: 13 billion baht of drugs – up in smoke

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The Thai Food and Drug Administration is about to incinerate 6,322 kilograms of confiscated drugs. It will be a bonfire valued at around worth 13 billion baht ($395 million) to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26.

The big fire will be fuelled by 5,514 kilogram of methamphetamine pills, 486kg of crystal meth, 108kg of heroin, 122kg of morphine, 10kg of ecstasy and 5kg of cocaine. All the drugs have been confiscated in 7,245 narcotic cases and raids.

Wachira Umphon, director of the Substance Control Division, says that the cases relating to these drugs have all been trapped up, so the drugs used to bring about the convictions can now be destroyed.

The drug warehouse of the Food and Drug Administration office in Bangkok was open to the media on Friday to show how the drugs and substances are stored and secured.

The burning of confiscated drugs has been done for more than 40 years. Each year, almost 10 tonnes of drugs are incinerated. The drugs are destroyed in an industrial incinerator where the temperatures reach higher than 850 degrees. Food and Drug Administration say that this high temperature ensures that there are no harmful chemicals, especially carcinogenic dioxins, left airborne after the incineration process.

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