As far as I know, Bangkok doesn’t have a system to deal with animals. Some programs, such as Soi Dog Rescue, are around but don’t have the staff or funding to really do much.
Last night, I was sitting on a motorbike waiting for the owner of my apartment to come back. Our parking lot is actually pretty large with about 30 spaces, but full at night. An older American man drove his Toyota right up to my knees, and made the turn into a sorta-kinda-not-a-real-parking-spot. Because he had to take the turn very slowly, he saw the dog in his new spot. I saw it too. Like most drivers in BKK might do, this guy tried to get real close and scare the dog into napping somewhere else.
Well… this guy kept going and parked his right tire on the knee of the blind, black lab, that just fathered puppies. I ran up and slamed on the back window telling the guy to move, I don’t think he had noticed. The dog tried to yelp but was just kinda whimpering and licking itself. The guy paced around for about 15 minutes and insisting that I translate his long appologies to the owner of the dog (and apartment), then went up to his girlfriend’s room.
This dog had previous problems. The last year it, like many dogs, had taken up te habbit of chewing it’s own fur and skin off. I’m pretty sure it is deaf, and know it is blind, but now it can’t even limp. Today it just sat at the entry pissing on itself and occationally draging both back legs when it wanted to crawl to the puppy cage.
So is there anything I can do? Well… not really. Vets (do we have those?) must be pretty damn expensive, and I can’t think of anyone who would pay for a mixed-breed animal to go there. There certainly won’t be any drugs for the dog arriving on their own. What happens when it dies?