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Man arrested for kicking his dog to death

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Police in Saitama have arrested a 47-year-old man on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law after he killed his pet dog by kicking it and slamming its cage against the floor.

According to police, Toshiyuki Watanabe has admitted to kicking the male three-year-old toy dog twice at his home in Omiya Ward on June 3. His wife reported the incident to the police after the dog was found dead on Monday morning and Watanabe was arrested later that day, Fuji TV reported.

Police said Watanabe told them he kicked the dog twice, then picked up the cage and threw it against the floor. He said he lost his temper because the dog wouldn't stop barking.

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Watanabe told them he kicked the dog twice, then picked up the cage and threw it against the floor. He said he lost his temper because the dog wouldn’t stop barking.

Can we put Mr. Watanabe in a cage, and see how he likes it?

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How much Mr. Watanabe he will get for this act ... considering some one kills human and dump the body in the sea and get 18 month ..!!

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There are some seriously disturbed people out there who should never be allowed to have pets or children.

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There are some seriously disturbed people out there who should never be allowed to have pets or children.

There are some seriously disturbed people who should never be allowed out there.

What kind of big, tough machoman does someone have to be to kick a tiny dog to death? Because it wouldn't stop barking? What is he going to 'lose his temper' over next time? If I were his wife I think I would want police protection. And certainly a divorce.

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His wife reported the incident to the police

Having said all of that, maybe he kicked the dog because it was more important to his wife than he was.

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Poor little dog. I sincerely hope this nasty piece of work Watanabe loses everything - his wife, family and job. However, sadly I dont think prison time is an option for such an offence in Japan? (or I have never heard of a prison sentence for such cruelty) It should be.

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So the next time he looses his temper, will he kick someone or something to death for breathing too much?

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As I asked before but never hear an answer, what is the punishment for breaking the Animal Cruelty Law? A slap on the wrist or jail time?

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Why does the article say "...three-year-old toy dog..."?

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Why does the article say "...three-year-old toy dog..."?

I'd hazard a guess that it's because the dog was three years old, and of a toy breed, i.e., tiny.

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Toy poodle for example. We had one many many years ago.

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Sounds like a real " samurai" to me. Then they think they are real tough guys. Poor thing.

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Reading this after walking my 2 dogs and my blood is boiling what type of (male, i wont say man) does this. Animals and kids can not defend themselves. Only the weak pick on the weak. Abuse never has to do with the victim, It's the abuser who's insecure. Glad they names the p.o.s

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A horrifying story, but good to see that Japan has come so far in such a short time, regarding animal rights. It'll be interesting to see what kind of sentence he receives.

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Ah I see, thanks @cleo and @FizzBit

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I hate these toy dogs too, but come on... kicking it to death? I hope the guy does not have children, it is like he would behave the same way with them.

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on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law

anyone here know what penalty that carries?

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on suspicion of violating the animal cruelty law

anyone here know what penalty that carries?

Article 44 of the Animal Welfare and Management Act states that the penalty for destroying or injuring without reason a pet (★愛護動物) is up to 2 years' imprisonment or a fine of up to 2 million yen.

Abandonment of a pet carries a fine of up to 1 million. As if that's ever implemented.

★Actually defined as cattle, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, doves and ducks. Maybe domestic animal would be a better translation.

http://law.e-gov.go.jp/htmldata/S48/S48HO105.html#1000000000006000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

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He should be charged with murder......yes I know!!!

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But calling the police on your husband, over a pet?

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He could try kicking my dog... good luck. @sensei. I'm glad she did.

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This is not a personality flaw in the abuser but is a man symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. This type of person who commits acts of cruelty to animals don't stop there. Many of them move on to human beings and its relationship to other violent acts is well established. Murders very often start out by killing and torturing animals as a child. Convicted animal abusers should be required to get a psychiatric evaluation and need some sort of psychiatric help.

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The prosecuted usually ask the same sentence of the verdict of the previous same crime. Six years.

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