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40 dog carcasses found in Tochigi river

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The carcasses of 40 dogs have been found in a river in Sakura, Tochigi Prefecture, police said Saturday.

According to police, around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, a pedestrian walking along the Kinugawa River, which flows between Utsunomiya and Sakura, informed a public park attendant that there was a large number of dog carcasses in the river, NTV reported.

Park officials and police discovered the carcasses of 40 small dogs floating in the river and washed up on the bank. The dogs were of different breeds and showed no signs of external injuries, police said.

As no decomposition was apparent, police determined that the dogs had not been dead for very long.

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Oh, great (x_x) Are we going to get a bunch of knuckleheads who'll say after they get caught that they wanted to see what would be like to drown a bunch of dogs?

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NO external Injuries???

Sounds like sadistic drowning of dogs...

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Sounds like a puppy mill gone bust and needing to get rid of 40 'surplus' dogs in a hurry.

I hope they find the sorry waste of space responsible and charge him/her/it with more than merely unlawful dumping of waste, which is the line the police are said to be investigating.

Vernacular reports say most of the bodies were in the grass on the river bank, a few of them in the water; some of them wearing collars or even clothing. That would seem to contradict my puppy mill theory. Doesn't change what needs to happen to the scum who did this, though.

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Yeah, I'm with Cleo. A bust puppy mill was my first thought too.

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Could have been pets that were supposed to be cremated but just dumped in the river.

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CrazyJoe: Maybe, but then it sounds a little weird that there would be so many at one time and all without any signs of decomp yet or that none appeared to have any injuries (meaning all died of natural causes). Anyway, I'm with Cleo on this as well. Hope they get the people responsible.

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Crazy Joe could be right, some of the news reports mention the possibility of dumping by a pet crematorium business. That would explain the clothes, I suppose. I can't find the original report I read and it could be that I misread it, but later reports are now saying none of the dogs had collars and that most (=not all?) of the dogs are small breeds. They're also saying the police are considering (assuming they find the culprit) prosecuting under the animal protection laws as well as the dumping laws.

But 40 dogs all dead in a short space of time - seems odd.

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This should never happen to man's best friend!

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Another sick idiot on the loose, like the guy who posted a video of himself drowning a cat in a river a few months ago.

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I think that it's very hard to make a judgment at the present time. Everyone's presumptions are natural and need to be assessed as the facts are yet to be determined. When we know the facts then we can decide. In the mean time don't get excited and frustrated.

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I'm not sure if this is related, but I've always wondered what do the pet stores in Japan do when they can't sell those cute little puppies they have on display. I think there's less a demand for rescue dogs, or dogs that are not cute then anywhere else. I have my suspicions on how they dispose of the excess inventory.

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Horrible news to hear, and I hope they find the people responsible. This is easily a health hazard.

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I'm not sure if this is related, but I've always wondered what do the pet stores in Japan do when they can't sell those cute little puppies they have on display. I think there's less a demand for rescue dogs, or dogs that are not cute then anywhere else. I have my suspicions on how they dispose of the excess inventory

And now you know! Welcome to happy, fluffy, cutesy Japan. Kawaii ne!

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I wonder if the guy who reported it had something to do with it, and felt guilty about it, as well he should.

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A puppy mill with too many unwanted dogs is the first thing that comes to mind. I also often wonder what happens to the puppies that lose their cuteness appeal when they grow too big to be sold to anyone. Perhaps this is the answer to what happens . . . to some dogs anyway. It's certainly a miserable and cruel way to kill and dispose of any unwanted pets, but it makes sense that the people who are motivated primarily by greed might be guilty of doing this sort of nasty thing.

How can anybody go to sleep at night after doing something like this?

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This is horrible - another 27 bodies of mini daschs, toy poodles and chihuahuas, some of them starting to rot, found dumped at the base of an 8-metre bank in the mountains in Tochigi yesterday. It sounds like they were just tipped out of a vehicle off the road and down the bank. This time there were also 5 female poodles still alive (who have been rescued), so that would seem to rule out the pet crematorium theory. They were found when a local resident complained to the Tochigi Animal Protection Guidance Centre about 'noisy stray dogs'.

http://www.sankei.com/life/news/141105/lif1411050026-n1.html

Whoever is doing this is more than just a sorry waste of space, they are sick and need to spend the rest of their lives locked up in dismal conditions, like they forced these dogs to do.

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