Hopefuls vow to help stray dogs

Bangkok governor election candidates pledged yesterday to take good care of the city's stray dogs.

  • Published: 12/02/2013 at 12:00 AM
  • Newspaper section: topstories

Laksi district office releases a caravan of motorcycle taxis to raise public awareness about the city’s governor election on March 3. The district is aiming for 100% voter turnout. PATTARAPONG CHATPATTARASILL

City Hall should provide shelter and take care of the abandoned animals, four candidates told a debate yesterday.

Pheu Thai candidate Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen joined three independent contestants _ Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, Kosit Suvijjit and Suharit Siamwala _ in a debate at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of veterinary science.

The candidates were invited by the Foundation for Stray Dogs to present their views.

Aritouch Rodniran, foundation chairman, said Bangkok had more than 700,000 stray dogs.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said the capital would have a fully equipped centre for stray dogs if he was elected. The centre would include an animal hospital and training facilities for strays.

It could be funded by the government since the problem of stray dogs was now a national issue and needs to be solved, he said.

Pol Gen Sereepisut said such animal care centres must be available in every district.

Mr Kosit also agreed City Hall needed a new working unit to tackle the stray dogs issue.

Stray dogs must be given proper care. The smart ones could be trained to work as guide dogs for blind people.

The city under his leadership would encourage dog owners to take good care of their pets and not abandon them, he said.

Mr Suharit said he planned to work with Bangkok residents to find homes for stray dogs.

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