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Phuket beach to ban pet dogs, but strays are okay

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Don’t bring your dog to Phuket’s Nai Harn Beach. Stray dogs are fine to keep roaming, but if a new ban is passed, dog owners will face an up to 2,000 baht fine if they bring their pet woofer. The new rules comes after a visitor at the beach was attacked by 2 dogs an owner allowed to run around without a leash.

Dogs will only be allowed on the grass area adjacent to the beach under the revised guidelines. If the dogs go on the sand the owner will be fined. Signs will be posted at the beach stating the new rule and fine. Rawai Mayor Aroon Solos told The Phuket News the rule will be discussed by municipality officials this week.

“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.”

While the population of stray dogs on the beach have been a concern, the mayor says no one has been attacked by those dogs. The stray dogs were a problem at the beach in the past, but the Soi Dog Foundation stepped in and vaccinated and sterilised many of the dogs.

“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.”

The mayor says that if anyone is attacked by a stray dog, he’ll send officers to remove the dog. He also adds that the strays are generally well cared for and don’t cause problems on the beach.

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

The local dogs have been at the beach for years. Some have said Nai Harn is a nice, dog-friendly beach, while others have complained about the stray dogs, according to reviews on Trip Advisor.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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    Toby Andrews

    September 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Another day in Phuket and another ban.
    Allowing the police another option to make money.
    How about a ban on unleashed dogs on the beach?
    Naw, the police are unlikely to catch anyone violating this ban, they have more chance of catching an owner with a dog running on the beach.
    Actually being attacked by a dog has an easy remedy, which I have used – simply throw sand at the dog’s head.

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    sam thompson

    September 3, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Dogs on the beach…..no thank you….either pets or strays, all the same and always have the potential to bother or attack people enjoying the beach…nobody wants to stand or sit in dog poo on the sand but that is what happens….you don’t see dogs owners picking up after their dog has pooped on the sand….disgusting

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    rinky stingpiece

    September 3, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Will the dogs get free lessons on Thai language and culture, so they can read the signs and show due deference? I guess owners can always take the dog collar off and put it round their own necks, with a TM30 and COVID insurance and test certificate tied to it.

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    James McAvoy Jr

    September 3, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    I feed strays twice a day on Jomtien Beach and the poor dogs are having a tough time w/o tourist treats. Some owners left the dogs to lay in sand with their bowl after leaving with umbrella business. for a dog lover as myself this was too much. That is when I started my daily feeding 1 kg dog food 36 baht, 1 kg “meat cutoffs” and local market 70 baht, rice hard to calculate but not expensive. So for 3 dollars I feed 15 or so dogs that would otherwise suffer. We are put on this earth a very short time, and I did my share taking, now time to give back. Who knows gain some Karma. I am no saint or vegetarian or member of some group, just a 55 lucky enough to retire early in paradise and for less than a latte help these poor skinny dogs. (yes so are well nourished even fat, nevertheless they always seem happy and I can not say that about 98% falangs on beach

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      james

      September 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      I never understand this animal lover nonsense spouted by dog lovers.

      Dogs are bred by humans to be sold and to make a profit, some are then surplus to the owners’ requirements and so are abandoned.

      Dog lovers then feed them on other animals such as cows, pork, chicken, etc, so we breed one set of animals to be eaten by other animals we breed, where is the ‘love’ in that.

      Maybe dogs should only be bought from licensed shops and there should be a licence fee of 10,000 baht per year for any NEW dog bought, that would ensure only ‘real dog lovers’ would ever buy a dog and will be unlikely to abandon them.

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 3, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Why not have a unit of dog catchers? I always see a stray or 2+ together roaming in the evening on Nanai Rd.

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    albertone

    September 4, 2020 at 9:33 am

    typical racist decision: thai dogs are good and farangs dogs are bad

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    Toby Andrews

    September 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I commend your charity James McAvoy.
    Well, keep up the good work.

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    harry1

    September 4, 2020 at 11:18 am

    can understand banning dogs on the beach in the high season when that happens ? but the beach are empty and great fun to see dogs and owner enjoying themselves. sorry to hear someone attacked never seen this happen before and a isolated incident.l support dogs for the blind people,they are indeed your best friend.l hope the local mayor realize many locals adopt the dog for their children

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Police tracked down and arrested a Burmese woman who allegedly left her newborn baby on a bench in Phuket’s Patong area last week. The mother faces charges of abandoning a baby.

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