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He said he was aware of the need to register and vaccinate his dogs but thought the vaccination "was not good for their health" after one of his previous dogs had died after getting the jab.

Pleaaaase. A responsible dog owner takes his dog to the vet at a certain age to get jabbed against a variety of doggie badnesses (worms?)

It is both the law and responsible dog ownership and really not such a big deal (you can make friends with your local vet, which will undoubtedly come in handy later).

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The moronic owner of these dangerous, unvaccinated and unregistered dogs needs jail time.

He said he was aware of the need to register and vaccinate his dogs but thought the vaccination "was not good for their health" after one of his previous dogs had died after getting the jab.

Here we go. It seems antivaxxers are now - illegally - applying their nonsense to pets. There is NO "choice" : get your damn dogs vaxxed or lose them.

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Drop the hammer on this guy! ALL responsible dog owners here get the yearly vaccinations for their dogs.

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In a way its understandable that the owner thought unnecessary to vaccinate its dogs, after all Japan has been free of local transmission of rabies for decades, but precisely because vaccination efforts have been constant is why this situation can be maintained. Wild animals could introduce the disease to the territory (from Taiwan or Russia for example) and dogs are the most frequent intermediate animals that end up infecting and killing humans.

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LagunaToday 04:43 pm JST

Pleaaaase. A responsible dog owner takes his dog to the vet at a certain age to get jabbed against a variety of doggie badnesses (worms?)

It is both the law and responsible dog ownership and really not such a big deal (you can make friends with your local vet, which will undoubtedly come in handy later).

Actually you're wrong: Rabies and worms jabs are not mandatory in Japan, as Japan is classed as a zero risk country for rabies.

Worms treatment is only necessary for overseas travel with pets.

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Worms treatment is only necessary for overseas travel with pets.

"Only necessary" does not make it a very good idea. Visit your vet and follow his/her advice.

When my dog was suffering greatly from cancer, I made the heartrending decision to have him put down. My vet, who knew him well, refused. She gave him painkillers that I managed to make him swallow and I hope worked, and he died in my arms.

Find a good vet and let them get to know your pet.

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YubaruToday 05:26 pm JST

Drop the hammer on this guy! ALL responsible dog owners here get the yearly vaccinations for their dogs.

No, adult dogs don't need nearly as many injections as puppies, whose immune systems are yet to kick in.

Although it may be prudent to give your dog a rabies vaccination, just in case, other 'Recommended' injections are mostly part of the over- medication mania that is prevalent in Japan, aiding big pharma's fear factor business.

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Unvaccinated dog that goes on a biting rampage is rabid which means it has rabies.

although their injuries were not life-threatening.

For now. Once rabies infection symptoms appear, an infected person is 100% sure to die within 2-3 weeks.

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What is not being said is whether the dog has in fact rabies. That's the whole point. This article is nonsense.

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“Also, rabies is just like the flu, in fact it is the flu, and only old dogs and dogs with preexisting conditions are in any danger. Pure MSG fearmongering!

Where did you get the idea that rabies is just like the flu? There’s no cure for the disease and once symptoms appear the result is always the death.

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The owner registered the remaining four dogs after the city issued a guidance on appropriate pet ownership on Thursday, and he also plans to have them all vaccinated.

Nope, the city should ask the court to take away the other four dogs and permanently ban him from owning more.

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RoyToday  05:24 pm JST

*The vaccination does not prevent transmission or infection and would actually have made it more likely for the dog to get rabies. *Also, rabies is just like the flu, in fact it is the flu, and only old dogs and dogs with preexisting conditions are in any danger. Pure MSG fearmongering!

Rabies is a viral infection and in that regard similar to the flu but it is NOT the flu. All mammals are susceptible and in danger for rabies not just old dogs and those with preexisting conditions. Where do you get your information? As others have mentioned, if left untreated, it's almost always fatal. Fearmongering? Well then contract it on purpose and see what happens.

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Like any good guardian, he paid attention to a medical intervention with a negative outcome, and prevented his other charges from pain and suffering. More responsible than most.

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If an animal bites more than 1 person in a serious way, that animal is usually euthanized. A dog that bites is a problem, regardless of any diseases.

Annual rabies vaccination is for the dog's protection too.

A court should take all the animals away from this owner. Clearly, he isn't responsible enough to have any pets and isn't properly socializing them for acceptable behavior.

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IF after one week, none of the people bitten by the unvaccinated dog has not got rabies, that means the dog is NOT suffering from rabies.

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Irresponsible moron..

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As long as the dog is healthy, there is no real need for rabies vaccination. The NIH reports that there have been no documented cases of rabies in Japan in the past five years, and the last documented cases were in 1954 and 1957. These laws requiring vaccines do little to protect the public, while enriching vaccine makers and introducing another means of governmental control over once free people.

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Wow! A lot of the comments here are ridiculous. Were the dog to have rabies, in just a few days we would likely be reading about 12 deaths. That’s how serious it is. It’s also the law to have your dogs vaccinated. Get it done.

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Has the dog been euthanized yet, it attacked a dozen people so it has a serious problem. In my country it would have been put down within a day and the owner of this animal would be facing serious charges.

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As long as the dog is healthy, there is no real need for rabies vaccination. The NIH reports that there have been no documented cases of rabies in Japan in the past five years, and the last documented cases were in 1954 and 1957. These laws requiring vaccines do little to protect the public, while enriching vaccine makers and introducing another means of governmental control over once free people.

The reason there hasn't been a documented case of rabies is exactly that vaccination. It is worth mentioning that dogs are not the only carriers of rabies. It is routinely carried by bats and squirrels, but any mammal can be infected. It is almost 100% fatal. There were a few exceptions in the US where specialized medical treatment allowed a very small number or human rabies victims to survive, but it was many months of hospitalization with the patient in a coma. In the rest of the world untreated rabies is a death sentence.

There is a human vaccine that can be administered right after being bitten by a rabid animal but once the rabies virus enters the brain it is fatal. Vaccinating your pets means they are protected from infection if they are bitten by a rabid animal (squirrel, bat, coyote, etc.) and they won't get sick and infect anyone else or any other of your pets. There is no excuse not to vaccinate pets for rabies. None.

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Actually you're wrong: Rabies and worms jabs are not mandatory in Japan, as Japan is classed as a zero risk country for rabies.

No, it is you who are wrong. Rabies vaccine is very much a requirement in Japan. The other vaccines, such as DHPP, are only recommended. Also, heartworm preventatives (they aren't vaccines) are typically given orally, on a monthly basis, and are HIGHLY recommended due to the high mosquito populations here.

But, to reiterate, rabies vaccines are required.

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"I am sorry for causing trouble for my bad management," the owner, a 62-year-old company executive from Isesaki, told reporters.

Proof, once again, that it doesn't take much intelligence to become an executive, as if any more proof was needed.

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Fighto!Feb. 10  05:03 pm JST

The moronic owner of these dangerous, unvaccinated and unregistered dogs needs jail time.

He said he was aware of the need to register and vaccinate his dogs but thought the vaccination "was not good for their health" after one of his previous dogs had died after getting the jab.

Here we go. It seems antivaxxers are now - illegally - applying their nonsense to pets. There is NO "choice" : get your damn dogs vaxxed or lose them.

This is ridiculous! If you even care about your mutt you would get it vaxxed for everything.

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Also, heartworm preventatives (they aren't vaccines) are typically given orally, on a monthly basis, and are HIGHLY recommended due to the high mosquito populations here.

One his first physical exam after adoption we discovered one of our rescue dogs had both round worm and heart worm. The round worms were cleared out with a simple antibiotic but heartworms are a really terrible condition. It is literally a situation of worms living in the right ventricle of the heart. The treatment takes 51/2-6 months and includes antibiotics, three doses of Melarsomine, a drug based on arsenic ( ! ) and anti-inflammatory drugs to treat what happens to the lungs when the worms die and are pumped into the lungs. During treatment the dog is supposed to be kept caged to minimize physical exertion, taken out only to do their business, as the drugs can kill them. Since our dog was only 1 year old (his first year of life must have been pretty awful and he remains skittish even after three years with us) we opted for sedatives and no walks. He survived and is healthy but now all the dogs receive an an oral "treat" monthly for heartworm and six other intestinal worms. Heart worms are transmitted to the dog from a flea bite. If you live anywhere with fleas you very much need to give your dog a monthly heart worm med. They come in treat form and the dog just gobbles them up.

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