The Sound of Animals dog shelter in Tambon Prasat, in the Ban Kruat area of Buri Ram. (Photo: Surachai Piragsa)
BURI RAM: Local residents and former employees of The Sound of Animals, a foreign-owned homeless dog shelter in Ban Kruat district, filed a noise complaint with the provincial center in Damrongtham on Tuesday.
Complainants said the Moo 1 village shelter in Tambon Prasat housed around 270 dogs and the smell, barking and howling disrupted daily life.
They said the shelter was set up without permission from the local government, there was a foul smell in the area and the noise of dogs barking and howling in their cages was just too much to bear.
On top of that, sewage from the shelter had been dumped into a nearby canal, according to the complaint.
Earlier this year, the municipality of Tambon Talat Nikhom Prasat ordered the owner to dismantle the shelter by June 10, the plaintiffs said. The shelter was still standing.
The complaint was accepted by the Damrongtham Center for review.
In 2019, Thai workers at the shelter filed a complaint with Ban Kruat police, alleging they had been mistreated by the French owner. They also claimed that the shelter was set up without the required permission from the Municipality of Tambon Talat Nikhom Prasat.
They accused him of forcing them into the dogs’ cages and denying them food and drink if he was unhappy with their work.
He has denied the allegations. The case is still before the courts.