Dogs on the beach

While I was on holiday in Patong recently, a dog bit me as I was taking off from the beach with a para-sail, and I had to undergo expensive medical treatment. Are dogs allowed on the beach at Patong? If they’re not, it seems that the authorities are not keeping them off the beaches. I think it would be sensible to keep all public beaches free of dogs.

Max Beeson, Port Hedland, Australia.

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There are no laws that ban dogs from beaches. However, any person who owns a dog must keep the dog on his property. If you have a problem with, say, a rabid dog, you can go to the local municipal office and file a complaint so they can investigate and decide what to do with the dog. Unfortunately, we don’t have the space or the budget to keep strays.

Panjit Tariteeyabutranon, Chief of Public Health, Patong Municipal Office.

Answered on September 13, 2001.
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