161 dachshunds rescued from abusive breeder in Osaka in need of homes

OSAKA —

The Osaka Animal Welfare and Husbandry Department is desperately seeking homes for some of the dogs rescued in a major seizure of breeding dachshunds last year.

According to officials, in November last year, a 44-year-old woman working as a breeder was arrested on charges of animal abuse and neglect. An incredible 161 dogs were rescued from her property and taken to area animal hospitals for treatment, vaccination and sterilization.

Sadly, 20 of the dogs have since died, leaving 141 to be rehomed. Through the efforts of the individual animal hospitals about half of them have been placed, but there are still about 70 dogs looking for homes.

Immediately after the breeder’s arrest made news, many people contacted the department wishing to adopt one of the dogs, but when they were finally made available, only three people applied by the Feb 22 deadline. The department concluded that they hadn’t sufficiently spread the word and needed to give the dogs another chance, so they’ve extended the deadline to the end of the month.

Those interested in applying can find the necessary materials on the department’s website. Once the application has been received, a staff member will contact you to arrange a home visit to assess your suitability. If there are no problems, applicants will be invited to an information event in March and be able to take their dog home.

If you are in the Kansai area and thinking of getting a dachs, instead of heading to the pet store, how about giving one of these guys another chance?

Source: Yahoo! Japan

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  • 4

    Novenachama

    I grew up with dachshunds and they are such cute, loving and wonderful pets that show a lot of affection and can be also be therapeutic for children with issues. This is such a tragedy and it's hard to imagine how mean and cruel some people can be to these innocent creatures. Dogs should be loved and treated well. I feel so badly about the active dog abuse that has been inflicted. Some people aren't aware that dog abuse whether it's active or passive even physical can have lasting psychological effects on the dog. All this yelling, screaming or injuring causing the dog in some way even from verbal abuse may also have physical damage including health issues. I hope these dogs get the proper therapy needed and that the new caretakers take an active roll in rehabilitating these dogs.

  • 6

    Iwandabaka

    This puppy mill Baba should be in a cage herself.

  • 4

    zenkan

    Pets as accessories spawn cases like this. Those who don't care about animal welfare just try to make a fast buck. Animal shelters should inform the public more about rescue pets. Most of all, people should be reminded of the responsibility of introducing pets into their lives.

  • 2

    FightingViking

    I'm no longer in the Kansai area otherwise, I'm pretty sure my Lab would have loved to have a small companion ! He already has many dachshund friends at the park here !

    I hope the remaining victims all find new, loving homes.

  • 1

    cl400

    Extended the deadline til the end of the month? Then what? Put down? How about extending the deadline to indefinitely and asking some volunteers to help advertise for them. I am happy to see the process of obtaining one is good though. Info seminar and house inspection included. Much better than keeping them locked up in little apartments, etc and barely walked. Good luck pups!

  • 0

    Hide Suzuki

    @cl400

    "How about extending the deadline to indefinitely"

    Who is going to provide space and pay for all the foods and other associated costs ? The department is run on a limited budget and they can only do so much.

  • 3

    fanofjapan2005

    The breeder brings new meaning to the term "bitch." I've had two wiener dogs in my life. Daughter now has hers. So much to love!

    They oughta put milkbone underwear on that breeder and walk her through an open-cage dog pound.

  • 1

    cleo

    Who is going to provide space and pay for all the foods and other associated costs ?

    Make the stupid so-called breeder pay.

  • 3

    FightingViking

    @cl400

    Much better than keeping them locked up in little apartments, etc and barely walked.

    Those are the "lucky" ones ! You should hear the painful yapping of a mini-dachshund left outside all year round, whatever the weather, with no "walks" either...

  • 2

    Yardley

    How about foster homes until "forever families" can be found? It is common practice in many places in the U.S.

  • 0

    David Quintero Navarro

    This is a sad story, but up in Gunma, many dogs are being thrown away, abandoned up in Gunma etc..from?? Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, cute dogs but they cost a lot of $$$ and n tow many J folk, here in Japan do not have the $$ to feed, etc..for their pets.

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    If my apartment building allowed pets, I would definitely take one of these little critters in and give it all the love it could handle. The breeder is scum, and I hope she gets her just desserts. As for the dogs, give it enough time as is necessary to get all them into homes; screw the deadlines and a whole lot of the red tape.

  • 1

    GW

    Japan really needs to get some laws in place & enforce them!

    NO ONE shud be able to just buy a dog, cat etc, they should be made to get a license, proof they arent idiots, the misery I see with dogs stuck outside on short leads living in filth is heartbreaking.

    The pet industry in this country is awful, and breeder fake & lie about pets history, tons of inbreeding, a lot of it should be shut down!

  • 2

    cramp

    holy crap how big was this mill? anyway, hope they get adopted

  • 1

    gaijintraveller

    Wow, someone has actually been arrested for abuse of animals. Is this a first? An arrest in such a case is most unusual in Japan.

  • 0

    Cos

    NO ONE shud be able to just buy a dog, cat etc, they should be made to get a license, proof they arent idiots,

    They don't even ask that to let people walk out of a maternity with a baby...

    I am happy to see the process of obtaining one is good though. Info seminar and house inspection included.

    Loss of time, Propose the dogs to people in inaka. 95% of people in Osaka Prefecture have not the space to have dogs, and the 5% already have enough. If the screen is serious, no need to visit : "private garden size under 100 sq meters : rejected".

  • 0

    Cos

    Wow, someone has actually been arrested for abuse of animals. Is this a first?

    No.

    An arrest in such a case is most unusual in Japan.

    Happens on a weekly basis.

  • 0

    Seirei Tobimatsu

    Start a neutered park charging entrance fees for all who want to help but with limited resources? Part-time volunteers anybody?

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