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45 dogs abandoned in Saitama

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Following the succession of cases in which the bodies of a large number of dogs were found in Tochigi Prefecture over the past few weeks, there now appears to be a similar case within Saitama Prefecture.

According to Saitama prefecture officials, between October 2013 and July 2014, there were a total of eight cases in which 45 small dogs were abandoned. Among the dogs were 30 chihuahuas; most of them had no major health problems, five were newborns, and three were dead, NTV reported Thursday.

Most of the dogs were found in and around Akigase Park in the city's Sakura Ward, police said. Other dogs were abandoned in Asaka and Higashimatsuyama cities, NTV reported.

Police suspect that a dog breeder might be responsible, and investigating the case as a violation of the animal protection law.

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Ah, good old Saitama! But at least we're not reading yet again about a bunch of corpses found on a riverbank or elsewhere like last week (save three newborns). Hope these little guys and gals find loving homes, and whomever abandoned them gets some sort of punishment.

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Police suspect that a dog breeder might be responsible

Are police stupid, of course that is the case

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For as long as pet shops remain lucrative these kind of incidents will continue. People don't stop to think where "kawaii" animals sitting in pet shop windows come from.

The truth is they come from breeders and puppy mills - abusive, cruel and driven by profits and not, absolutely not, animal welfare.

Just like the Taiji dolphin capture and slaughter will continue while people blindly support aquariums, so too will the despicable pet shop industry.

Support your local animal shelter.

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Ah, good old Saitama!

Um, in case you didn't read the first sentence, a large number of dead dogs were found in Tochigi before Saitama. No comment on that but once you see Saitama in the title, you jump in the same comment.

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DaDude: "Um, in case you didn't read the first sentence, a large number of dead dogs were found in Tochigi before Saitama. "

Um, in case you didn't read my comment you'll see that I said, "But at least we're not reading yet again about a bunch of corpses found on a riverbank or elsewhere like last week" and not dive into hypocrisy about jumping the gun. Oops, eh?

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The powers that be MUST start immediately inspecting ALL supposed breeders of cats dogs & other pets!

And they need to SHUT DOWN the majority who are in the MASSIVELY cruel "business"

Get out there & do your damned jobs & jail offenders, confiscate assets.

DO NOT BUY ANIMALS FROM PET STORES!!

Japan should be totally ashamed of what goes on, this nonsense has been ongoing for decades, the cruelty enormous, clearly its long over due to fine & shut down the vast number of offenders!

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GW: agreed. It's such a shame to hear about people abandoning pets once they realize there's actual responsibility involved and the animalistic not just an accessory. You hear about this often here, but never hear off any serious investigations (they probably exist at some level) or punishment. They need to punish, and seriously, not just these people, unt the everyday neighbors who put their dogs permanently in makeshift boxes outside once they've stopped being "kawaii".

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Police suspect that a dog breeder might be responsible Are police stupid, of course that is the case

Watch too many crime dramas do we?

How are the police stupid if they suspect a dog breeder? Looking at the facts, the is the most logical suspect group to look at *to suspect and investigate. It is the opposite of stupidity.

Stupidity would mean: "45 dogs abandoned" "Police suspect 12 year old child in Mexico as the perpetrator".

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I hope these homeless dogs find shelter full of love.

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Unfortunately, it's cases like this one that reinforce the ignorant stereotype that Saitama is a particularly strange and dangerous place, when in fact this sort of thing happens throughout the world. I have little doubt the authorities in both Saitama and Tochigi will eventually bring the culprits to justice.

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230 dogs over six prefectures so far, according to J Yahoo today.

According to one TV report, most of them are old females, leading vets to suspect they have reached the end of their profitable breeding lives.

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Any information on how we can adopt one?

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Bless you, Bruinfan.

I don't know if the dogs mentioned in this article are included, but Saitama Prefecture does adopt out dogs and cats from the Dobutsu Shido Centre.

This page - http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/site/doubutu/jouto.html - hasn't been updated for over 4 years, but hopefully all that means is that the system hasn't changed in four years. You could try calling one of the numbers given there.

Good luck.

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The reason this is happening is because up until recently all breeders and ANY pet owner, all they had to do was bring their pet to the local gas chambers & the city would dutifully GAS your cat/dog etc no questions asked.

Once breeders where finished with breeding or pups got too "old" they simply have them gassed to death, they have been doing this for decades & decades, its part of the "business""

Finally some cities have started to refuse people & "breeders" who take no damned responsibility for their actions, & now we have breeders dumping animals all over, time to put these SOBs out of business for good!

And Japan please start having ALL pets micro chipped, get with for christs sake!

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I am not sure if I will yet, but I have been considering it. Thanks for the link!

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