Police in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, have arrested a 51-year-old woman for violation of the animal welfare law after 85 dogs were found at her house in poor living conditions.
According to police, the dogs, kept for breeding, were roaming around a flooded floor, and some had visible signs of hair loss, Fuji TV reported. Many dogs were found stacked upon each other in a single cage; most were malnourished.
Police said Miyuki Akiyama, who was arrested on Tuesday, also kept some of the dogs outdoors in terrible conditions. In addition to enduring cramped living conditions, keeping dozens of dogs exceeds the legal limit that breeders and pet sellers can own, police said.
A local resident was quoted by media as saying, “Whenever I passed by Akiyama’s house, I had to pinch my nose because the smell was unbearable.”
According to Fuji Health Center, Akiyama was instructed to take care of her breeding operation about eight years ago. However, Akiyama refused to allow an inspection, prompting the health center to contact the authorities. The canines were placed into protective custody in April.© Japan Today