The Thai Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (TSPCA) today moved about 500 stray dogs from Tanod temple in Bang Pahan district of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya to a new home.
The evacuation of these dogs followed complaint from the abbot of the temple that he could no longer afford the high cost of taking care of these dogs after more people have left their dogs at the temple for caring.
The abbot said food cost to feed these stray dogs amounted to over 30,000 baht a month, excluding vaccinations, sterilisation, and other caring costs.
The dogs will be moved to new home on a land plot of four rais and is about 100 metres away from the temple. Apart from evacuation the dogs to new home, the TSPCA also put up signs in the temple which reads anyone abandoning their pets at the temple will face 40,000 baht fine.
Meanwhile another temple in Phayao province also faced the same problem of stray dog population.
Livestock officer Pongpat Kattaphan said latest survey of stray dog population in Phayao showed more than 3,000 stray dogs and dogs abandoned by their owners.
He said the provincial administration is considering setting up a holding centre for these dogs and designated local administration to take care of them.
He added that local administration is also issuing rules and regulations to penalise owners who abandon their pets at temples.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)