Dozens of dead cats and dogs have been found inside the house of an animal welfare volunteer in Yawata City, Japan, according to reports from local police and NHK (5th June).
Officers wearing personal protective equipment searched the property that belonged to the 50-year-old volunteer.
They found a large amount of rubbish, faeces and dozens of dead cats and dogs.
According to local reports, the 50-year-old animal welfare volunteer had been “rescuing” stray dogs and cats for several years.
Neighbours had been reporting to the local authorities that a foul smell had been coming from the property and that dogs had been left to bark throughout the day and night.
These reports to local authorities had spanned over two years.
Owing to the complaints, local officials had visited the property on several occasions and ended up giving the volunteer’ words of advice’ regarding the welfare of the animals.
Local police are now examining whether the woman failed to provide sufficient food to the dogs and cats, which would be a violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.
Police entered the residence after receiving a tip-off from an animal conservation group in Kobe City. Erika Kawada, a member of the group, visited the house on Wednesday.
“There was manure on the ceiling, and there were bones of dead dogs and cats on the second floor.
“I was so angry and sad, and wondered why [the animals] had been entrusted to this person.”
Kawada described the case as an example of what is known as “Rearing Failure on a Large Scale.”
“By continuing to accept cats and dogs and not listen to outside advice, it became impossible to raise [the animals] properly,” she said. “This so-called ‘Rearing Failure on a Large Scale’ is a form of animal cruelty.
“I think it is important for the [volunteer] to think carefully about how to responsibly raise [the animals] such that these situations can be prevented.”
According to the Ministry of the Environment, there were more than 2,000 cases of “Rearing Failure on a Large Scale” nationwide in 2018.
Image credit: NHK / Tokyo Reporter