Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman in Matsubara, Osaka Prefecture, for abandoning 12 miniature dachshunds at her home. Nine of them died due to dehydration.
According to police, the woman, identified as Yui Dochi, left the dogs in a locked room at her house in mid-January, Fuji TV reported. She moved to another residence.
However, neighbors and a local welfare bureau official grew concerned after not hearing from Dochi who is unemployed, Fuji reported. They contacted police who entered the house in early February and found the dogs, nine of which had died.
Dochi was arrested on Feb 29. She denies mistreating the animals, and was quoted by police as saying that she did not lock the door and came back frequently to feed them.© Japan Today