Police in Toyama City are investigating the circumstances that led to a dog being buried up to its neck in the ground on a canal bank and abandoned. The animal, which was unable to move, was discovered on Oct 9 and immediately taken into protective care. Police said Tuesday that the dog is recovering, but has been severely weakened by its ordeal.
The dog was discovered on the banks of the canal in the city's Kojin area about 2 p.m. by a passer-by who immediately alerted the fire department. Police and firemen dug the dog out. The dog is a male crossbreed weighing around 30 kilograms and roughly a meter in length.
The dog was not wearing a collar at the time he was rescued and no record of his registration has been found. Police are now searching for the dog's owner, or any potential witnesses who were in the vicinity of the canal when the dog was being buried.
Animal welfare legislation in Japan states that mistreatment of a pet may result in the imposition of a fine of up to 500000 yen.© Compiled from news reports