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Woman attacked by 3 hunting dogs in Shiga Prefecture

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A 52-year-old woman and her pet corgi were attacked by three hunting dogs which entered the garden of her home in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on Sunday.

The incident occurred just past noon, Kyodo News reported. Police said the woman sustained bites to her left arm and leg, while her corgi was deeply bitten on its left buttock.

According to police, the three dogs belong to a 71-year-old man who was with his hunting club in the nearby mountains looking for wild boar and deer. The hunters were on their way home when the incident occurred.

The woman was bitten when she tried to stop the dogs from attacking her corgi. One of the canines is a Plott Hound, while the other two are Japanese breeds.

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Now blame the "foreign" breed here!

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Now blame the "foreign" breed here

No part of the article blames the foreign breed dog (nor the two of Japanese breed), if anyone is to blame that would be the owner of the dogs.

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Whatever breed they are, they need to be confiscated and euthanised. And the owner charged.

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Recently in the UK dog attacks have become a problem. Nearly 10,000 hospital admissions in the year ending March 2023. Most involved the XL Bully dog.

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Most involved the XL Bully dog

Destroy them on sight.

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Nearly 10,000 hospital admissions in the year ending March 2023

God! That many? Dogs have hit plague proportions now all over, though I was gratified to see only three dogs the few days I was in Malaysia. So many dog owners are totally irresponsible and their charges are more badly behaved than Bangkok street dogs.

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Every bad dog has first had a bad owner.

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The owner needs to be banned from ever owning dogs in the future and all three dogs "put to sleep" which is a polite way to say killed by an injection in the neck.

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Just wondering: Do those ultrasonic dog deterrents ( the type which only dogs can hear) actually work? To prevent such situations again ( elderly being bitten by dogs), can one carry those devices for safety?

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There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

The intrepid hunter, training his dogs to attack wildlife. Then act surprised when they attack a corgi. How are the dogs supposed to know the difference?

Punish the intrepid hunter, ban him from ever owning animals again, take his hunting license off him (assuming he even has one) and make sure he pays all medical and vet fees to the lady and her corgi. Plus a hefty compensation.

Take the dogs off him and see they get adequate training from a real professional before they are rehomed.

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Cleo, I agree with you.

However, there are dogs whose muscular structures allow for great damage if not properly trained. I have a friend who lives in Texas and owns a couple of mastiffs - apparently, they are very sweet pups. But my whippet: even if I trained him to kill (well, anything besides rabbits), he would not have been able to.

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No part of the article blames the foreign breed dog (nor the two of Japanese breed), if anyone is to blame that would be the owner of the dogs.

Obviously sarcasm does not translate well!

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There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

100% agree!

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cleo

The intrepid hunter, training his dogs to attack wildlife

It's not always about attacking wildlife but about protecting people by hunting down bears, wild boars ( which can move at great speeds and tear out your intestines with their tusks), wild dogs, etc.

These hunters are also necessary to protect farmers' crops because they get eaten by wildlife.

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What about breeds like the American XL Bully?

"Nevertheless, they were bred for bull-baiting and fighting and not for having as a family pet. Bully XL is notoriously aggressive. They are prey-focused and have extremely muscular bodies with strong jaws."

https://www.technology.org/how-and-why/are-american-xl-bullies-dangerous/#:~:text=Nevertheless%2C%20they%20were%20bred%20for,muscular%20bodies%20with%20strong%20jaws.

The UK is deciding if to make the breed illegal.

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Fighto!: "Whatever breed they are, they need to be confiscated and euthanised. And the owner charged."

The latter, absolutely. He needs to be charged, pay all costs for the woman and her dog, plus compensation, have his hunting license (if he even has one... and not something he typed out and printed himself to give him permission to hunt, either) revoked and he should not be allowed any dogs or other animals again. However, euthanizing the dogs should only be a last resort. I would think removing them from their owner and attempting to retrain them would be effective and certainly more preferable. The dogs are not the problem.

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Fighto!

Whatever breed they are, they need to be confiscated and euthanised.

"Most involved the XL Bully dog"

Destroy them on sight.

Someone isn't a dog person.

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Now blame the "foreign" breed here!

No. I'm going to blame the owner of the corgi.

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This is unforgivable, the man is a thug and a lout who needs to feel the full force of the law to repay his debt for this appalling attack on an innocent woman and her little dog.

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Do dogs have "buttocks"?

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Dogs will be dogs!! These dogs were trained to hunt, in their mind set and during that outing they were doing exactly what they were trained to do and that meant seek out any game even if it was another dog. The hunter being the trainer should have had more control over his dogs but once dogs taste blood and they get into their mode of operations all other things are off the table they are doing as they were trained to do because they know they will be rewarded in the end.

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No animals should be euthanised, whether dog or bear.

If any country make legal to do so, then they should also make a law where any person seen abusing or attacking any animals, reptiles, mammals etc. Should also have the same law. That human (18+) should be put to sleep. No blah blah like a human should have second chance. What about animals then? So, No Excuse.

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Dogs artificially breed over decades to kill should be banned as for semi-automatic army guns. Nobody needs any of them considering their real danger to the general population.

99.9% of the drunk drivers do not kill anybody and this remains rightly severely prohibited. The same precaution measure should apply.

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Someone isn't a dog person.

Adore dogs.

But I am most certainly not a fan of those XL Bully dogs that the UK is banning. More than half the deaths in the UK are caused by this new breed. They rightly must be banned - and captured/euthanised.

These dogs kill both adults and children - as well as countless pets - and are specifically bred to be aggressive and fight.

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Dogs artificially breed over decades to kill should be banned

specifically bred to be aggressive and fight.

Bred by humans.

I agree the irresponsible and sometimes malicious breeding of animals should be banned, made a criminal offence.

But it isn't the dogs' fault. They didn't ask to be bred the way they were, they didn't ask to be trained into offensive weapons.

The penalty for specifically breeding or training animals to be aggressive, apart from jail time, hefty fines and a daily good hard thwack up the back of the head, should include the cost of appropriately homing, feeding and caring for the animals for the rest of the natural lives.

Bears are killed after they attack humans because of the mistaken belief that they 'acquire a taste for human flesh.' Why not dogs?

As you note, killing the bear is a mistake. It's just being a bear.

A dog is a reflection of its owner. Show me a bad dog and I'll show you a clueless owner who couldn't be bothered or didn't know how to care for and train the dog properly; or an irresponsible moron who deliberately trained his dog to be a problem.

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Now either the good, responsible owners became bad, clueless owners overnight, or the dogs simply reverted to their baser instincts and went into attack mode.

Or the owners had previously been lucky in that a trigger they had not accounted for, had not been pressed in the preceding years.

Your first link states that 'The dog was "severely injured and beyond help" in the attempts to rescue the 4-year-old', which suggests that no adult was close enough to the child and dog to intervene immediately and that drastic action was taken when the attack was already under way. Never, ever leave a toddler and dog alone, no matter how well behaved the dog. If you leave two human toddlers to their own devices, at some point they're going to have an 'incident'; it's not so much reverting to baser instincts, as what toddlers do. And dogs are basically just four-legged toddlers. The adults need to be in charge.

Your second link reads to me - though not enough detail is given, of course - of two dogs of long standing having their place in the adults' affections 'usurped' by the two more recent additions. Again, toddlers and dogs...they need very, very careful supervision.

Both of these incidents are of course tragic, all the more so since they could probably have been avoided.

If you're thinking of starting a family, choose a dog breed that is kid-friendly. And watch the kids and the dogs like a hawk.

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Which makes them bad owners

Clueless, more likely.

how do you train a dog out of previously unseen behaviours? You need to know what needs correcting in order to correct it.

You don't wait until something needs correcting, you train proactively for every situation the dog is likely to encounter, and shield him from the encounters you judge he won't be able to handle.

if it's not an aggressive dog, why would you pay extra attention to train non-aggression?

To make sure it doesn't turn into an aggressive dog.

Ever tried, while playing, to take a stick away from a dog that doesn't want to let it go? It's pretty hard, no matter how quickly you grab hold of it yourself.

By brute strength, yes, difficult if not impossible. The trick is to train the dog to give you the stick, before he learns that you can't wrestle it from him. Trying to snatch the stick from under his nose is just asking for a bite, even if it's sheer reflex wth no aggression intended. Offer him a treat in exchange for the stick, and after he's enjoyed the treat, give him back the stick so that he learns you're not going to confiscate his stuff.

Two years is plenty of time for a dog to get used to a child

It's also plenty of time for a previously mollycoddled, centre-of-attention dog to build up resentment at being ousted by the newcomer(s). If the parents had left the dogs alone with a two-year-old 'many times' then yes, the parents were lucky until the time they tragically weren't. Every dog has a history of not biting - until it bites. And it's up to the adults to make sure that the dog has neither reason nor chance to make history.

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I said, while playing. You don't play tug-o-war with your dog?

You reach him the rules before you start playing.

if you can't leave a dog alone with another person in a room because it will immediately attack them, then sorry, but that's a bad dog

We're talking about toddlers. If you can't leave your toddler alone with a dog in a room because it will, if not immediately, at some point, think it might be fun to pull the dog's tail, or twist his ears, or try to ride him like a hobby horse, is that a 'bad toddler'? No, it's just a toddler doing things he thinks are fun. Not fun for the dog.

I repeat, toddlers and dogs should never be left alone together. Not the sweetest little toddler, not the most laid-back, non-aggressive dog ever. Not because either of them are 'bad', but because it's an incident waiting to happen.

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