Police said Tuesday that 27 dachshund dogs have been found abandoned in streets and parks around Kitakyushu since early October.
The animals have so far been discovered at three locations in the city as of Monday, TV Asahi reported. Police say the dogs are all miniature dachshunds, with many being fully grown adults aged between 7 and 8.
According to a Fukuoka prefectural police spokesman, 23 of the animals were found at Adachi Park in the city’s Kokurakita Ward and on the streets in Kokuraminami Ward on Oct 8. Another four dogs were found at Shinmoji Park on Oct 17.
An animal rescue organization said the dogs were abandoned without food and were not wearing their registration collars, as required by the Rabies Protection Law. New owners have since been found for 17 of the dogs left in Kokurakita and Moji, but three of the dogs found in Kokuraminami died from infections, TV Asahi reported.
According to a spokesman for a municipal animal care center that took in some of the dogs, it is possible that a pet shop or dog lover facing financial difficulties may have abandoned them.
However, police say that because the animals were abandoned in an urban area where they were likely to be discovered, it may be difficult to build a case against the offender for violation of the Animal Cruelty Law.