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Around 120,000 stray dogs are currently roaming the streets of Thailand compared to the 67,000,000 people that currently live there. Although the stray dog population doesn't outnumber the human population, it still should be a concern of the Thai government because stray dogs have shown aggression towards people and, carry diseases and rabies that could be transferred to people causing them serious ailments. Chantapong Wasi and colleagues from the Medicine Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol Universty in Thailand estimate that within the stray dog population only about 20% of the dogs are vaccinated or sterilized. My research explores what type of diseases that the stray dogs carry that could be transferred to humans, the cost of rabies vaccinations and sterilization, pet ownership and Asian attitude towards animals, and the government debt. The sources that I looked at range in variety from epidemiological studies on rabies and diseases to studies that look at attitudes towards dogs to sources that discuss economic problems. By looking at these sources, I examined the psychological, sociological and medical outlooks that people have on stray dogs.
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