The Chiang Mai Animal Welfare Centre yesterday urged provincial Governor ML Panadda Diskul to improve facilities for housing and feeding stray and abandoned dogs kept at provincial compounds.

“These dogs are in poor health. Also, we have received reports that illegal dog traffickers are taking strays from provincial compounds during weekends,” said the centre’s director, Sanya Sukrasorn.

The centre was investigating the reports, Sanya said.

“We are told that men are taking between 10 and 20 dogs from the compounds each time,” he said. Although kindhearted people and officials have tried to feed the abandoned dogs, many of the animals have become ill and died, he said.

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