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Woman arrested for animal cruelty kept 58 pets in Tokyo home

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 46-year-old woman for violating the animal welfare law after she kept five dogs in inhumane conditions at her home in Ota Ward.

Aki Kuwazoe, a self-proclaimed fortune teller, had a total of 58 animals from 24 species, including dogs, iguanas and crocodiles, at her house when she was arrested this week, Sankei Shimbun reported. Kuwazoe told police she kept buying animals because she couldn’t spend any money on travel due to the coronavirus over the past 12 months. She was quoted as saying, “I couldn’t keep up with the demand of taking care of the animals anymore.” 

Kuwazaoe lives alone in a two-story home in the Kamata district of Ota Ward. The malnourished dogs were allowed to roam on the first floor. Additionally, the center of the room was covered in trampled feces about two centimeters in height. The remaining animals were kept on the second floor in cages that contained decomposing food and feces.

The rescued animals have since been placed in the custody of a nongovernmental organization.

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Wonder how can you smuggle a crocodile into thIs country.

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Wonder how can you smuggle a crocodile into thIs country.

Very carefully.

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What a selfish ill person, her home is probably filled with viruses too, I feel bad for the animals and her neighbors.

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the center of the room was covered in trampled feces about two centimeters in height. The remaining animals were kept on the second floor in cages that contained decomposing food and feces.

Imagine the smell of that place. Disgusting.

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AG,

Probably a very small miniature croc.

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I can buy a crocodile easily here in Osaka Reptile Shops.

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Jeez... and I thought my ex’s one cat smelled bad. Poor animals. Curious as to where to buy a crocodile in Japan though.

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Explain this to me since I am obviously out of the loop on this subject.

If Aki Kuwazoe san is a fortune teller, why then couldn't Kuwazoe san see the future of this happening and stop buying many animals way before it happened?

"Aki Kuwazoe, a self-proclaimed fortune teller..."

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Wonder how can you smuggle a crocodile into thIs country.

Probably fewer scales than half the old fogies crawling about

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If Aki Kuwazoe san is a fortune teller, why then couldn't Kuwazoe san see the future of this happening and stop buying many animals way before it happened?

Because fortune telling isn't real?

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@rainyday

my crystal ball tells me that Michael was making a joke...

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She has some kind of mental illness for sure and maybe no one around to stop her. I feel bad for her but worse for those poor animals that had to live in such squalid conditions. The smell must have been horrific.

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a self-proclaimed fortune teller

She didn’t see that coming.

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I'm going out on a limb here, but maybe the croc was bought in order to reduce the number of animals in the overcrowded house? Or perhaps whe wanted to sell boots, handbags, and croc teeth amulets to her curomers afterwards?

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Additionally, the center of the room was covered in trampled feces about two centimeters in height. 

I was just about to have my min-morning snack, an exceedingly good apple pie. But that line has somehow ruined my appetite.

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@rainyday

my crystal ball tells me that Michael was making a joke...

The crystal ball should reveal that I was too.

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Kuwazoe told police she kept buying animals because she couldn’t spend any money on travel due to the coronavirus over the past 12 months.

So, save the money?

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Taking the cat lady meme to the extreme. Careful ladies, this is what awaits you if you put of marriage and having children too long.

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Oh god, I did not need to read this article while eating my lunch. Especially that third paragraph. Gross.

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 a self-proclaimed fortune teller,

other fortune tellers are certified?

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This woman is almost certainly certifiable... We can leave it to the authorities to determine what her future holds.

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AGToday  06:46 am JST

Wonder how can you smuggle a crocodile into thIs country.

In a big black box through Osaka immigration?

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Only on departure.

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Reminds me of a situation where a lady had about 200 dogs and five horses in a house we rented out. All cramped and living on top of each other. Stunk like hell because poo and pee were everywhere. Eventually, police came and took all the animals and she was barred from owning pets again.

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There's something wrong in Japan about any animal could possibly be a pet.

I saw people with monkeys, otters, and a lot with endangered species at home.

Animal TV shows yelling "kawaï" at wild animals in a zoo or as pets are a disaster.

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There is a pet shop in Roppongi that sells crocs also one in Shinjuku, was really shocked to see it actually. Also seen banned Australian export birds in regular pet shops in Saitama, some people don't care it seems.

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It's a private zoo. She just needs to hire a cleaner who doesn't hesitate to smell poo and a person who takes care of the pets like nanny. Two jobs created.

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i wonder if she had a snake for a pet and an amulet

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The rescued animals have since been placed in the custody of a nongovernmental organization.

From what I’ve seen of those type places in Japan on TV, that’s probably not much better. The ‘non’ is cause for hope, though.

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I don't see it as being her call to make. She's not an elected official, and not the sharpest tool in the toolshed either.

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Sadly, this is not as rare as you might think. Animal rescue programmes on TV are full of cases like this.

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Mocheake

She has some kind of mental illness for sure and maybe no one around to stop her. I feel bad for her but worse for those poor animals that had to live in such squalid conditions. The smell must have been horrific.

Animal hoarders. Alas, this sort of thing happens everywhere.

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