Woman in Kamakura arrested for abandoning kitten in coin locker


Kanagawa prefectural police have sent papers to the prosecutor’s office on a 30-year-old woman residing in Kamakura City on suspicion of violating the Animal Protection Law after she left a kitten in a coin locker.

According to police, the woman placed the kitten in the coin locker of a commercial facility in Ofuna, Kamakura, at around 7:45 p.m. on Dec 10, Sankei Shimbun reported. The kitten, which was about three months old, was alive and in a cage when found the next day by a passerby who heard sounds of a cat coming from the locker. Staff from the disaster control center of the facility opened the locker at around 4 p.m.

Police said they found the woman after analyzing surveillance camera footage. They quoted her as saying a coworker gave the kitten to her a week earlier but her family members wouldn’t let her keep it, so she couldn't think how else to get rid of it. 

The management company of the building searched for someone to look after the kitten and it was taken in by a couple in Yokohama.

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Most of Japan is pretty backward in animal protection, but I believe Kanagawa is trying to go for no-kill shelters and also subsidises neutering. In most parts of Japan I suppose she would have been expected to take the kitten to the hokenjyo where it would be gassed.

What Japan needs is more TNR, Trap, Neuter, Return.

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put her in a coin locker & see how she likes it

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What a disgusting person.

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Honest question: are there animal shelters in Japan?

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Another brainless moron. She should be named along with her company, hopefully she will be fired if she gets a criminal conviction.

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This also reflects the heartlessness of Japanese families. They could have helped their creepy daughter take the cat elsewhere or give it to someone.

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They quoted her as saying a coworker gave the kitten to her a week earlier but her family members wouldn’t let her keep it, so she couldn't think how else to get rid of it. 

Seriously? My first thought would be to give it back to the coworker with a gomen and deep bow..

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Honest question: are there animal shelters in Japan?

Every prefecture has at least one, as do most cities of any size. Vet's offices will sometimes keep/place unwanted pups or kittens, or refer you to a place that will.

Invalid CSR

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@ Vince Black,

man you hit the nail directly on the head!

My friend told me about a nutcrack that would roar his souped up skyline, every Sunday morning and disturb the neighbors. He would park it along the street and si in it and rev it up. The other neighbors called the kobanites , but they did nothing. The kobanites are they types that wait for something to happen as a result of something then they come out big time.

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Oh, and "it" is not a machine. It's a living animal, now thankfully with a family who took in the little darling.

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but her in a coin locker

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I suspect this woman is mentally impaired and has the equivalent mind of a child and should be treated as such.

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Is this another quintessentially crime story? Amidst the current epidemic we find a story of a poor little kitten left in a locker. The brain donor could find no other way of getting rid of the kitten. Now amidst the epidemic we have a kitten that needs a home. Please find the kitten a nice home.

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She could've just put it outside....

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This woman "couldn't think how else to get rid of it"?

Go ahead and fill in the blank for what my next statement would be regarding this one and her "family members" (parents, husband, kids?)... .

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