It doesn't take much walking around in Bangkok before you notice the stray dogs. These dogs are known as "soi dogs." Soi in Thai means side road. These dogs are most likely community dogs, which means that they tend to stay in the same neighborhood, and often, people in the neighborhood feed them. In the past, city authorities controlled their numbers by euthanization, but that practice was abandoned with the arrival of the SPCA nearly eight years ago. The SPCA ran a campaign declaring that killing the dogs went against Buddhist beliefs. Since that time, the numbers of soi dogs has steadily risen. Sometimes, the dogs seem healthy and normal, but more often than not, they will be mangy, scabby and limping. One of the dogs we see frequently near our closest subway stop has severely infected eyes. I won't write too much about these dogs, but if you are interested, you can read a really good article about Soi dogs here.
|It's hard to know if this dog's eye was infected, or if it had been damaged due to some kind of trauma.|
|About 30 seconds after I took this photo, this dog stopped, right in the middle of the street, and had a nice big poop. I was too surprised to photograph that.|