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Packs of dogs damaging tourism in Ao Lak – but they only bite western visitors

Thai Rath reported that packs of stray dogs in the popular tourist area of Ao Lak in Pangnga were damaging tourism.

While the locals told them it was “very strange” that the packs of roaming animals only targeted “farangs”.

A hotel manager in the area is fed up and told reporters that he wants something done permanently to rid the area of the pests.

Only yesterday an Australian pensioner ended up in Takua Pa Hospital with wounds to her leg after she was surrounded and attacked by a pack of four or five dogs after walking back from the Sai Rung waterfall.

Sixty eight year old Janet Heath on holiday from down under was bitten on her leg. A man came to help her and she was put in a taxi and taken for treatment at hospital.

But Beyond Hotel manager Withaya Bunmee said it was not an isolated incident. Two months ago there were two incidents of western tourists staying at his hotel who were attacked.

Tourists liked to go walking or riding bikes in the area and were vulnerable, he said. He called on the authorities to do something about it as the creatures were a menace and bad for business.

Yesterday Thai police went to the area of the latest attack and all they found were friendly mutts wagging their tails innocently. The cops could not determine if they were owned by anyone who could be charged.

Law number 377 allows for a year in jail and a fine of 10,000 baht for dog owners who allow their animals out to attack people. In addition owners are liable for the medical bills.

But they could not be sure that these were not just strays so an investigation is on.

Local people told Thai Rath that stray dogs were a menace in the area of the waterfall parks, boat mooring areas and beaches such as Nang Thong.

However they said that is was very strange that they only barked at and attacked “farang tourists”.

Everyone was in no doubt that this situation was not good for the area and not good for tourism and that the authorities must find a permanent solution.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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