Woman arrested for keeping 160 starving dogs in house

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    mikihouse

    no jail time? Only fine? geez...that's why people never learn responsibility.

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    some14some

    Major contributing factor if not direct cause of Norovirus outbreak in Osaka.

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    cl400

    Ishii could face a fine of up to 500,000 yen if convicted under Japans animal protection laws. No, Ishii should ... at the very least! Treating innocent, defenseless animals as such is disgusting. Fine her more and give her some jail time.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Only a fine? So she pays the fine and then she is free to go back to what she was doing... She obviously is mental and needs serious help. How could anyone live amongst 10 tons of dog poo?

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    JessK

    People who keep 160 dogs locked up in their homes - especially any house as unsanitary as the one mentioned here - are not completely sane. The girl likely has a mental condition, and those dogs were just unfortunate enough to be caught up in her situation. Maybe she has a love for animals and felt she was doing the "right" thing keeping them in her house rather than off the streets or in the pound. There's just too little information given to issue a verdict on what sort of penalty she should receive or if she should receive some sort of treatment instead. I wish this article went into a little more detail.

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    waltery

    Dose the fine cover the cost of cleaning up and putting down the dogs?

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    jojo_in_japan

    Hoarding is a mental disease.

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    Matthew Simon

    As a dog owner and lover this makes me sick. This woman deserves jail time not a slap on the wrist.

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    Eigen

    Why not lock her up and starve her until she's 1/6th her body weight and see how she likes it? It would be an educational experience.

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    cleo

    I agree with JesseK. The woman is sick, probably also penniless from trying (and failing) to feed and care for 160 dogs. She most likely cannot afford to pay any fine anyway, and needs mental health care. The poor dogs deserve much better, but have probably all been put down by now.

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    Guza!

    :( poor dogs....lack of proper care for animals, wouldnt that count as animal cruelity?

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    hereforever

    The land of mind your own business! I can't see how this could have happened unless she lives deep in the mountains with no one around for many kilometers. Why didn't anyone report her sooner? Isn't there a Board of Health or an Animal Protection Agency in Japan? And a fine of "up to" month salary? So Sad!

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    gaijinfo

    She must've had a pretty big house to keep all those dogs, and all that waste.

    Penniless my foot!

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    DudeDeuce

    Yeah, 150 dogs in a Japanese house?

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    WilliB

    Ten tons of dog poop? That is kind of mind boggling. A typo maybe? If not, how come it took so long to do something about e.g. the smell?

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    Thomas Anderson

    Um... I'm not sure how you can keep 160 dogs in a house and not have anyone notice.

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    tmarie

    That fine is disgusting. Looks like ARK is going to be busy in the next few weeks. Hope people go and adopt these poor dogs that were abused. The women obviously needs mental help.

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    AKBfan

    How big was this house? Is it in the Japanese news anywhere?

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    Ayaka Kinjo

    ughhh i really hate this kind of people doing animal abuse... she deserves to go to jail :(

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    Ms. Alexander

    How the hell did she get a hold of 160 dogs in the first place?! Straight up animal abuse should not be left with just a fine. She should be fined Y500,000 PER dog!!

    What happens to these dogs? If no one adopts them, do they get put to sleep? Kawaisou :(

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    Hiroicci

    Send the dogs to those who really love them and make this "old dog" pay for their feed.

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    combinibento

    I've told sloppy friends of mine they had a ton of crap in their house but this is the first time I've seen someone literally fit that description.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Read the Japanese version; here are some more details:

    -the woman's name is Noriko Ishii. She was a part-timer turned "dog breeder"

    -the majority of the 161 dogs that were found were miniature dachshunds

    -she lived with her mother in a two story house (poor mom)

    -there were 17 dead dogs found and left completely neglected

    -Since 2008, they were warned 57 times to reduce the number of dogs being kept, after a series of complaints by their neighbors

    -many of the dogs suffered from skin infections

    -her excuse "No one would take the dogs, and so the numbers just grew" (yeah...how about getting the dogs spaded or neutered you idiot)

    Source: http://news.goo.ne.jp/article/sankei/nation/incident/snk20121206506.html

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    cleo

    Mirai Hayashi, thank you for that update. So she wasn't a mentally-ill hoarder, but a failed and irresponsible breeder?

    Throw the book at her.

    Those poor animals....

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    Mirai Hayashi

    Another piece of detail:

    The house was so densely packed with dogs, that there was an average of 5 dogs per tatami mat...wow, that is one crowded house. I really can't wrap my head around how ANYONE could live under those conditions.

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    shanabelle

    On the news this morning they said she had officially stopped being a breeder earlier this year. At the time there were 90 dogs. Alas they mulitplied this year with no control, little food water or any care. She must be mentally ill, but this raid should have taken place years ago, there were so many complaints from local residents....poor dogs.

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    Eve Aphayboun

    How about they starve her in jail and she sees how it feels? That's CRAZY... 5 dogs per tatami mat.... Where do you even FIND 160 dogs? Heck, I cant even recall the last time I saw a dog without it's owner, let alone 160+...

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    cleo

    Again, thank you Mirai Hayashi. At the end of the video it's mentioned that they're looking for new homes for the dogs. At least they aren't going to be automatically put down. I hope they find good forever homes with responsible owners.

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    vctokyo

    if mirai hiyashi is correct, 57 warnings is abit too much without any action...gees, after the first 5 warnings, you'd prob do something ...not after 57 ..perfect example of japanese authorities incompetence again.

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    WilliB

    So is there any connection to those minature dachshunds they keep finding in parks in Kita-Kyushu?

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    GW

    CLEARLY the authorities derserve a lot of the blame as well!

    This "breeder" needed to be closed down about 53 warnings ago!

    The pet/breeder industry in the is country is disgusting & like so much needs to be severly reformed/fixed.

    The mistreatment of pets by breeder, shops & owners is extremely widespread & pretty much nothing is done about it, like so much in Japan sadly.

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    hereforever

    Thank you Mirai Hayashi. Once again the government fails to do the job tax payers pay them to do. When will it ever end?!?!?

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    tmarie

    **Since 2008, they were warned 57 times to reduce the number of dogs being kept, after a series of complaints by their neighbors **

    Just disgusting. Authorities also need to be blamed for this if they were well aware of the issue. 57 warning means they certainly were. People need to be fired over this.

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    Mirai Hayashi

    57 warnings is abit too much without any action

    Her response to the warnings was: "The dogs are my family, I'm NOT going to get rid of them"

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    Robert Dykes

    I would be happy to adopt one if my landlord would allow it! Too bad less than 1% if that of apartments allow dogs. I will also be MORE than happy to donate a few extra tax zennies to keep this women in prison for life, and maybe give her just a little less food than everyone else so she knows every single night the rest of her life what it like to go to sleep hungry.

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    Robert Dykes

    @tmaire one of the very very times I totally agree with you on something. People should be fired over this. The sad thing is. They won't even feel shame or guilt. They were just "following protocol." Just another sad case of someone not be being able to think for themselves and say "this isn't right, let me step outside my tiny box for once in my life and get something done about this" I love Japan with all my heart but the animal cruelty here is sicking. After the war Japan became such a peaceful race, except when it comes to animals. They pay 100,000 yen, usually more, at the mall for a dog or cat, but then murder every stray animal they pick up. The number of NPO animal shelters in Japan can be counted on one persons fingers and toes. There are as many animal shelters in all of Japan as in just one decent sized city in the USA. Not to mention the USA has in addition government run shelters and programs that rescue, vaccinate, spay and neuter. The only government programs they have here are catch and murder as soon as possible. This is fact! It needs to change, but so few people care. This story is case and point. 56 complaints and nothing done. They probably didn't even give a damn about the animals, only the smell and noise.

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    bicultural

    Too bad less than 1% if that of apartments allow dogs.

    That is a bit of an exaggeration. I did a quick google check of apartments in Kichijoji, one of the most popular cities in Tokyo. There were 20000 available rooms, and over 1000 allowed pets. That is a good 5%.

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    Cos

    So is there any connection to those minature dachshunds they keep finding in parks in Kita-Kyushu?

    It's a bit far away but it's obviously the same type of nut cases that own the pets. Well, here is one of my dear neighbors. And there are a few dozens like her, maybe they are not broke yet. I know ppl that have monkeys too, not in Minoo, in Namba.

    **Since 2008, they were warned 57 times to reduce the number of dogs being kept, after a series of complaints by their neighbors **

    Similar to my 1st floor neighbor, over more than 10 yrs, the mansion association was suing her again and again as she initially had 4, very noisy and aggressive. We made many petitions too. 3 families moved out, selling their flats as there was no way to "stop it". At the citizen court, our mansion won at over 100% of request every time (that asked the dogs to go away mostly). Each time the judges say that the neighbor had to make her dogs move out and she had to pay 1 million yen, the second time 3... and last year, that was 80 million yen that she owed to "the mansion" . BUT the judges of this court can't seize the money from her account (if she had the sum, which is unlikely), and they can't send the city dog shelter seize her dogs either. She doesn't care.

    Just disgusting. Authorities also need to be blamed for this if they were well aware of the issue.

    The laws. Authorities can't do anything in "normal times" , all those years, when it's only "too much"... The police can't break in and take away the dogs before they start suffering from obvious bad treatment. If they bark night and day, they can only ring at the door and give some warnings, at best some noise disturbance tickets that the person may pay or ignore. If the dogs threaten you, it's like a stalker, they won't do anything before you get assaulted.

    People need to be fired over this.

    The MPs at the next election. Adapting laws to that situation.

    you'd prob do something ...

    Do what ? Giving tsukune to the dogs or shooting the owner ? That's not the job of citizens in a modern state. There should be laws and cops for that.

    Too bad less than 1% if that of apartments allow dogs

    Too bad that in the 1% some low-IQ people get dogs. Hamsters if they want, but dogs in flats ? You have ever seen a dachshunds ? My family had a few, running in fields the size of Osaka Castle park, which is what they needed. They are forest dogs. They live in herds and they run 20 km a day. That they are dwarfed doesn't make them like stuffed animals that can stay in a 3 DK alone 10 hours a day, with 30 minutes of pp-walk on concrete pavement or sanded park alleys. There exist no dogs that can live like teddy bears.

    The only government programs they have here are catch and murder as soon as possible. This is fact! It needs to change,

    They will have to do it even more. Punish the offenders. And since so many people have no common sense, they have to makes some license for pet ownership, stating the obvious like if you live in your isolated chalet in the mountain, you may have multiple dogs as long as they are vaccinated and population is maintained steady, in suburb, if you live in a house with a garden, you can have like 1 dog per 100 sq meter of house and 50 sq meter of yard, in a house without a yard, a cat per 100 sq meter. But in big cities garden-less mini-houses and flats... you don't meet the conditions. Big fines if you don't comply and register each pet (tattoo, etc). Then allow cops to make random checks and enforce penalties.

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    cramp

    fine and jailtime...nothing less

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    Fadamor

    I wonder if the "57 warnings" happened because the government department issuing the warnings had no authority to do anything else? It seems to be a common situation in Japan - bureaucrasies with no real ability to enforce ordinances.

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    Viviana Guadagno

    I just wish all the 160 dogs may find good new families .....

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    Kobuta Chan

    Animals hording is some kind of mental illness. Actually these peoples love animals and wanted to protect them from euthanasia at animals shelter. However, it becoming out of their ability. It's very difficult them for given up their dogs and cats without professional help. I hope Local Government will treat her with dignity and help her with professional manner.

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    Tawnchan

    Whoa!! I don't even have 10-tons of "things" let alone dog sh't. That's insane!!! Light a match and it'll explode!!!

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    AkariYoshida

    They shouldn't allow her to have any more pets at all too.

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    602miko

    pets inside the house kinda gross with me, have to clean them, feeds, and shower them everyday imagine that, tired at work, back home extra work for the pets. i feel this woman pain ...

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    WilliB

    602miko:

    Do you seriously think she cleaned, fed, and showered 160 dogs every day??

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    Jack Stern

    I don't have the time to read all the comments but I will say that it's hard to believe there were 160 dogs. Did she go to Tohoku to find the animals? How could she get that many to begin with? Let's have a follow up article with more information. She is certainly not the Japanese dog owner I see who lovingly spending lots of money on their animals.

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    cleo

    it's hard to believe there were 160 dogs. Did she go to Tohoku to find the animals? How could she get that many to begin with?

    She didn't get that many 'to begin with'. She was a breeder, couldn't sell the pups, and didn't stop the dogs breeding. The worst kind of feckless, irresponsible breeder.

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    sidesmile

    10 tons of dog eggs?! Imagine the stench! The house should be demolished and the woman thrown in jail..forever..and I dont even like dogs!

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