Concerning assault/death case of a dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

October 19, 2014
Concerning assault/death case of a dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

This is the answer from Kanagawa prefecture to the questionnaire of Inuneko Kyusainowa.


Thank you so much for your efforts for animal welfare.

We inform you our decision concerning the fatal accident of a dog in the Kanagawa Animal Protection center.

On September 4, Thursday, an impounded dog in Kanagawa Animal Protection center was assaulted by an employee of the contracted service supplier, which (allegedly) caused it’s death.
We reported it to Hiratsuka police station on September 4.
However, today, we filed charges of violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, (article 44), against this employee
For the criminal law, article 261, we believe this dog belongs to Kanagawa prefecture.
However, we haven’t arrived at a clear conclusion about that, and at this time we have not filed charges on that count.

Secondly, we try to answer your questions dated October 13, 2014.

Question 1.
In the “volunteer communication” temporary issue for registered volunteers of Kanagawa Animal Protection center, it said that “this accident was caused by an employee who hit the dog and caused it’s death.”
However, charges have not been officially filed, and investigation by police has been insufficient.
It is not even clear who the suspect is.
Has the identity of the suspect been confirmed?
And is the killing method confirmed?

We have now filed charges against an employee, alleging that he used an iron bar to hit and kill a dog protected by the Animal Welfare Center.
The suspect’s identity and the killing method will be clarified by a police investigation.

Question 2.
Please explain why it has taken so long since this case occurred for police to file charges.
Generally if someone’s property gets damaged, police file charges immediately.
If the suspect and the killing method are confirmed, you can file charges immediately.
What is your position on this?

In this case, we reported to Hiratsuka police station on the day of the accident, however it took some time to confirm the relevance of laws and regulations, the suitability and the procedures of charges such as violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals in relation to the jurisdiction of prefectural office and police.

Question 3.
When will Kanagawa prefecture file official charges?
Delays could cause problems in maintaining the evidence and questioning of the suspect.

Concerning the maintenance of the evidence and interview of the employee, since we reported to the police on September 4, the investigation has already started and Kanagawa prefecture is cooperating with this investigation.
Charges were filed today, so we believe the investigation has not been delayed.

October 16, 2014
To: Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital
Akiko Yui

From: Shohei Hisashima
Public Health and Welfare Bureau
Public Health and Food Safety Management Division


Concerning the accusation of the fatal accident of dog in Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.


Publication date: October 16, 2014

On September 4, Thursday, an impounded dog in Kanagawa Animal Protection center suffered an assault by an employee of a contracted service supplier, which allegedly caused it’s death.

We reported this case to Hiratsuka police station on Thursday, September 4,.
Today, we filed a complaint against this employee at the Hiratsuka police station on the charge of violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, (article 44),.

Accusation date : October 16, 2014
Accuser : The chief of Kanagawa Animal Protection center
Accused : The employee
Accusation acceptance : The chief of Kanagawa, Hiratsuka police station
Fact of accusation : the accused was contracted by the governor of Kanagawa prefecture, and engaged in cleaning duties for the kennel of Kanagawa Animal Protection Center (401 Tsuchiya, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa). On September 4, between 8:05am and 8:10, this employee hit a dog that was a protected animal (Miniature Dachshund, female, age-indeterminate) with an iron bar, resulting in it’s death, in the operational room of B1.
Purpose of the accusation : It is thought that the act by the accused mentioned above violated the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, (in article 44). We accuse the suspect, and call for severe punishment.

Public Health and Welfare Bureau
Public Health and Food Safety Management Division
Section chief Hisashima : 045 210 4932
Vice section chief Wada : 045 210 4933
FAX 045 210 8864


Animal protection center maintenance contractor accused in dog assault death


On the 16th The Kanazawa Animal Protection Center (Hiratsuka city) filed charges against a man in his 50s who is a former employee of a cleaning company entrusted with duties by Kanagawa prefecture.
The center said that on September 4, around 8:00am, this man hit a dog’s belly and head with an iron bar, and killed it. He was bitten by the dog when he was cleaning the accommodation room.
This man said that he was angry because the dog bit him, and admitted he hit it.
This Kanagawa Animal Protection center achieved zero killing of dogs in 2013.
The dog had been scheduled to be taken in, just a few days later, by an animal protection group, in order to find a foster family. (Kyodo)





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Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

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We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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