We,mother Kaco and daughter Saya, are working on dogs and cats conservation activities.This is our activities' blog. We hope to share the information with many people, and we also would like to transmit the information. We started the activities in earnest in 2005. Looking for adopters for 9 dogs which some homeless people were unable to look after let us to start the activities.(ル二さん 訳)


ジョイスのこと About Joyce

It's been a while since I last posted.
I have a mountain of things I want to report, but this time I want to talk about a dachshund girl I took in the other day.

I was contacted by a shelter affiliate about a dachshund in the animal control center with a thoracic vertebral fracture and suppressed urination problems. I decided to take her in since it seemed like an emergency, and I doubted anyone else would be willing to help her. I took her straight from the center to our family vet and asked about her situation.

When I received the initial news about her, my mind immediately jumped to Don-chan.
Don-chan was abandoned in the parking lot of a home improvement center. When I took him in, he was paralyzed from the waist down, but through rehabilitation and acupuncture, he became able to walk again. Now he's living happily with a new family. That's why this time I figured that even with her lower half malfunctioning, we might be able to get her a little wheelchair, and that it wasn't quite such a tragedy.

However, when I took her to the vet, the doctor's face was much more stern than I had expected.
They explained to me with X-rays that the situation was much more serious than previously thought.

1) Her thoracic vertebrae has broken, and her spinal cord has snapped
Severe damage to the spinal cord may lead to fusion necrosis. Inflammation from the damaged area up to the side of the head will result, causing swelling to spread and further weakening (necrosis) of the spinal cord. In the end, the medulla oblongata, which controls the nerves vital to life support, will also weaken. As a result, she will pass away in pain from difficult breathing. If this happens, it's almost 100% guaranteed to result in death.

2) Pyometra (a life-threatening infection of the uterus)
In the midst of all this misfortune, at least the pus was able to go out. She's unable to get surgery in her current condition, so we just have to try and control it with medicine and wait for her to gain her strength back.

In any case, all we could do now is just pray that the weakening doesn't happen.

I go to check up on her every day, but I got the feeling that she doesn't have any strength in her eyes. Her eyes are swimming around, and I can't tell where she's looking at. She doesn't seem to have any brain problems, so it's possibly depression resulting from shock. I decided to name her Joyce. Joyce, when you get better, let's go home together.

At one point, I notice something.
She doesn't have any external wounds.
When I first heard about her, I just figured she was probably hit by a car when she was lost, but there are no visible wounds.
I looked up what sort of cases would result in broken thoracic vertebrae.


  • A car accident
  • Falling from a high location
  • A pathological fracture causing gradual bone weakening and fractures due to tumors or an endocrine disorder
  • Abuse, such as being strongly kicked or hit

She has pyometra, but this doesn't connect with any pathological bone fractures. There's blood poisoning before bone fractures, right? Falling from a high place or being hit by a car would cause scratches and bruising, such as on the hairless parts of her, like her nose and paws, or joints like her knees, elbows, or shoulders.

I found the above article while doing my research, titled "How to tell if an animal has been abused vs. involved in an accident"

This is what it says:
"Accidents frequently result in wounds to the tips of the limbs or below the pelvis--it is believed that this is due to being hit often right when the animal is trying to get out of the way of a motorcycle or car. On the other hand, abuse often results in fractures to the head and ribs (especially the upper ribs). It is believed that this is due to the abuser using their fists, feet, or items such as whips or sticks to inflict damage to the animal."

So, Joyce was abused?
We don't have any hard proof, so I can't say for sure, and even if we did, we don't know who previously owned her, so there's nothing we could do anyways.

It's a well-known fact that many arrested criminals also have a high rate of a history of animal abuse.
Animal welfare laws list the following bans on abuse and abandonment:

  • For the reckless murder of or infliction of damage to a pet: up to 2 years of imprisonment or a fine of up to 2,000,000 yen.
  • For abuse related to weakening due to withholding of food or water to a pet: a fine of up to 1,000,000 yen.
  • For the abandonment of a pet: a fine of up to 1,000,000 yen.

This is all they get for animal abuse, which so often leads to even worse crimes in the future? Well, I have a lot of issues with the laws, but more importantly is the issue of whether these laws are actually enforced properly.

Even the middleman in Yaita wasn't prosecuted.
According to someone I know who's familiar with law, "If this had taken place in a prefecture with more awareness for animal welfare, this may not have been the result."
But isn't that in and of itself odd? That means that whether or not these laws are enforced is basically dependent on location.
It means that officials and police aren't using the rule of law effectively. So animal welfare laws are just some sort of lofty ideals?
No matter how strict the laws become, it means nothing if they're not enforced properly.
(There's one more thing I want to talk about related to animal welfare laws, but I'll save that for another day.)

But we've gotten off track.

On the 8th day of her hospitalization, her nictitating membrane was protruding, and I got the feeling that her energy levels have gone even farther down. She had stopped eating, and was getting her nutrients through a syringe.
呼吸不全… 苦しかったと思います。最後の最後まで苦しんでの旅立ちになってしまいました。
"Maybe this is it..."
Late into that night, her breathing got worse, and her body temperature went down. The doctors did all they could, but she became unable to breathe. Joyce had passed on. The tissue softening had happened.
Respiratory failure...she must have suffered. Her final moments of life had been painful, and then she left us.
I can't even say that at least she's comfortable now.
I guessed she was around 7 to 9 years old. I wonder if she ever had any happy moments during her life? Had she ever felt happiness or love?

One more tick to the tally of innocent victims of gross and irresponsible humans.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
May you live a happy next life when you are reborn.

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終わりました 完敗です It's over. We were destroyed.

This was the outcome:

Charges dropped in the abuse case.
Fined 100,000 yen for violations in rabies prevention.

Who in the world ever imagined this outcome.

Was it premature...?

It's like I can hear S's loud laughs:

"See? I told you--I'm not doing anything wrong."


When they're in conditions like these:

Conditions like these:

And this neglect:

Sure, that's not abuse.

I thought animal laws were there to protect animals.

Looks like I'm wrong.

The operator was the one protected.

Even though hundreds and hundreds of poor babies saw hell there,

たくさんの子が身体を壊し 心を壊して死んでいったのに
their bodies being destroyed, their hearts being destroyed, and dying,

柴犬一頭 狂犬病予防法違反で10万で終わりですか……
it's a violation of rabies prevention measures with one shiba inu that's ending it with just a fine of 100,000.

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不起訴となりました They decided not to charge.

Shocking news, first thing in the morning...

"Charges dropped against Yaita operator in case of animal abuse"

They dropped the charges.... Unbelievable.

これで『あなたのしていることは法的に問題ありませんよ』ってお墨付きをもらったも同然。しかも動物取扱業の更新もできてる(虐待で書類送検されている人に取扱業の更新をした栃木県もおかしいだろ‼︎)。今までと何も変わらないどころか 自分のやってることは何も間違っていないって自信持っちゃうよね。
They might have well have said, "What you're doing has no legal issues, buddy!" On top of that the middleman is able to renew. (How crazy of Tochigi for renewing a middleman that has abuse charges filed against it!!) Not only is nothing going to change, but they're also going to have confidence that what they're doing is "right."

告発後は出入りができなくなってしまったので今どんな状態なのか全くわからない。でも相変わらず引き取りはしていると聞いている。この暑さの中、あの場所で身体と心を壊していく子達を助けることはもう出来ない。ごめんね  ごめんね  助けてあげられなかったよ
I haven't been able to go in or out since the prosecution started, so I have absolutely no idea what the situation is now. But I hear that they're operating like normal. In this heat, in that place, there are poor babies suffering both physically and mentally, and there's nothing I can do to save them. I'm so sorry. I'm so so sorry. I'm so sorry that I couldn't save you.

So animal rights laws are just a pie in the sky, are there? The pro gathered evidence and fought, and this is the result?

Some people ridicule that saving dogs used for breeding in puppy mills and those born with disabilities make people like me "subcontractors of the breeders" or "middlemen" myself, but there's absolutely no way to save them besides taking the "unneeded" dogs from the puppy mills. What are the lives of dogs and cats to people like them who think only about money? Nothing. You sue, and nothing changes. Get it?

I've written this so many times, but nothing will change until people stop buying puppies and kittens from shops. They can operate because people will buy from them. It's the buyers that are the problem.

My God. I'm in such shock.


ワンズニュース 4月号 Doggy Update: April Edition

Wow, it’s already the cherry blossom season, and I’m as busy as usual. 😓

*チビーズ Lくん
This round I’m reporting on:
*Baby L
*Our new boy

*トーマス 3月23日、旅立ちました
体重減少と食欲不振で受診。血液検査の結果、腎臓の数値が上がっていることがわかり1日おきの補液をしていましたが、23日の朝 体温の変化を感じ受診。そのまま入院となりました。帰宅後すぐに急変の連絡を受けて病院に戻りましたがすでに息を引き取った後でした。入院時の血液検査では腎臓の数値は悪いものの急変するような値ではなく、神経症状が出ていたことからおそらく脳だろうと。何らかの理由で呼吸抑制が起きたのではないかとのことでした。発作を起こしたり苦しんだりした様子はなかったということがせめてもの救いです。
*Thomas passed away on March 23.

I took him in to be examined because he lost weight and his appetite. A blood test showed that his kidney reading had gone up, and I started doing a fluid replacement every other day. On the morning of the 23rd, I felt a change in his body temperature and took him in again, where he was hospitalized. As soon as I got home I got an emergency call to immediately return back to the vet, but by the time I got there, he had already passed on. Even though his kidney reading was bad when they took his blood test upon his hospitalization, it wasn’t something that would incur such a dramatic change like this. Rather, he had some neurological symptoms that possibly suggested a brain malfunction. For some reason, something caused what we think is a respiratory depression. At least he didn’t have seizures and likely didn’t suffer. 

*ハナ 前庭疾患再発
*Hana: a relapse in her vestibular disease
Won’t eat, can’t keep balance, rapid involuntary eye movement straight to the vet.
It seems to be a spontaneous vestibular disease just like last time, but there’s the possibility of a brain tumor or a stroke. We decided to just treat it as a vestibular disease and see how her body reacts for the time being.
The prescription: Cephadol and prednisolone

Although her balance is still bad, her appetite and good mood have come back. Cue sigh of relief. 😊

*ハチ てんかん発作
飲み始めて1ヶ月、今の所発作は起こしていません。投薬量の確認のため来週 血液検査をします。
*Hachi: epileptic seizures
I was told that we’d need to start giving him medicine if he had more than 1 seizure per month, but in February he had 2, and by the start of March, he already had 2, so I went ahead and started feeding him the medicine. Frequent seizures will damage the brain, you know…

It’s been a month since he started taking the medicine, and he hasn’t had any seizures so far. I’m taking him in to the vet next week to check the dosage amount and to take a blood test.

*慎之介 前庭疾患
*Shinnosuke: vestibular disease

Same symptoms as Hana: rapid involuntary eye movements and walking around in circles. He was prescribed the same medicine. He still has a bit of a case of stiff neck, but he’s calm. I was worried about him losing his appetite, but he seems okay. I’m actually pretty surprised that he’s wanting to eat so much given how bad his eyes movements were. 😳

*チビーズ Lくん 3月25日、卒業しました
「チビーズ L」改め「心愛(ココア)」くん。幸せになるんだよ
*Baby L went to his forever home on March 25th!
They even took the number of strokes into account when naming him—something important when deciding names in Japan! They are also owners of several cats they’ve saved off the streets.

Baby L is now renamed “Cocoa.” His kanji name is心愛, which means “heart” and “love.” You’ll be a happy boy!

I already got a “Cocoa Mail” from his family!
He’s settled in well already and is a growing, curious boy! (^^;)

年齢 推定6歳
体重 3キロ
フィラリア 陽性
*Our new boy
This is Monsieur, a boy toy poodle. He was thrown away by a breeder.
Age: about 6 years
Weight: 3 kilograms
Patellar dislocation, spinal osteophytosis
Positive for filariasis 

Here I want to explain a bit about filaria:

Among filaria (a thread-like parasitic nematode worm) is the commensal bacteria Wolbachia, which acts as a parasite. However, this type of Wolbachia affects the host's reproductive system to suit its own needs, and is a tricky bugger to get rid of.
① オス殺し
1) Male death
Male killing occurs when infected males die during larval development, which increases the rate of born, infected, females

② メス化(性転換)
2) Feminization (changing sexes)
Males infected with Wolbachia retain their male genotypes, but possess completely female phenotypes. Wolbachia changes the sex of males, in which it can’t reproduce, to female, which leads to more efficient reproduction.

3) Parthenogenesis
This is the reproduction of infected females without males. It makes it host, which reproduces sexually through fertilization, have a "virgin birth" without a male, which is good for the Wolbachia.

4) Cytoplasmic incompatibility
This is the inability of infected males to successfully reproduce with uninfected females.

以上 wikipediaより https://ja.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%9C%E3%83%AB%E3%83%90%E3%82%AD%E3%82%A2
(The Japanese information is taken from the link above. The English information is a mix of translation and information taken from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolbachia)

Pretty scary, right? Boys become unnecessary? Here’s to the hope that humans can never get infected. 😏

The filaria will either die or become infertile in most cases by getting rid of the Wolbachia (with tetracycline antibiotics).

Monsieur was prescribed prednisolone, minocycline, and Cardomec. Now we need to wait patiently for the medicine to get the parasite.

*オレオ 4月7日、旅立ちました
*Oreo passed away on April 7
Oreo had liver damage and ascites since I took him in. We drained his ascites, and it seemed to have calmed down with some supplements. But he got a portal vein shunt, and slowly but surely, his liver reading started getting worse. Moreover, hepatitis is different in dogs than it is in humans, and isn't viral. Therefore I've been told that it's unlikely that it could lead to liver cancer, but we found a tumor in his liver during an ultrasound last month for his routine check-up. The biopsy showed primary hepatoma... Normally we’d do surgery and remove the tumor, but Oreo couldn’t do that.
The vet said that the hepatoma is progressing slowly, and the real worry is liver failure rather than how the cancer would progress.
On March 29, I sensed he got a fever and jaundice, so I took him in for an exam. His blood test showed generally high values for ammonia, total cholesterol, bilirubin, GPT, GOT, ALP, GGT, but low values for albumin. He was immediately hospitalized.


On April 3, he wasn’t completely better, but he was able to take oral medicine, so I had him discharged. On top of that, they found ascites again and so they couldn’t use an IV anymore. In all honestly, it didn’t look like he would be able to recover back to being the energetic boy he used to be. When ammonia levels rise they can cause spasms through hepatic encephalopathy, and with ascites, it can get hard to breathe. And with blood poisoning and DIC… I wanted to do something for him, yet there was nothing I could do. Given that, I wanted to bring him home even more.

  ☆DIC  播種性血管内凝固症候群
DIC: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
This is essentially where blood clotting only occurs on hemorrhages, and causes chaos in the blood vessels throughout the body. Since blood clots can form anywhere in the body's vessels, it can cause organ failure, bleeding, and bloody discharge.

 処方 リーバクト、リフォロース
The prescription: Livact and Liforos

On April 6 I took him in because of a fever. They drained his ascites, and the blood test showed that the Liforos may have caused his ammonia levels to go down. However, the bilirubin levels had gotten even higher. He had few white blood cells and almost no platelets. His CRP was high. Blood poisoning...possibly DIC. I had them inject some antibiotics in hopes that his fever would go down.

After we returned home, his fever went down, and since his ascites was drained, he could breathe easily. He slept like a baby. “Thank goodness, at least he’s at ease,” I thought.

April 7. He was already gone by the time I woke up. I cried and cried and cried, holding his body, which was still warm.

やっと楽になったね ゆっくりおやすみ
July 28, 2014, the day I took you in. Thank you for all the time we were able to spend together since that day.
Thank you for letting me care for you.

I’m so sorry I couldn’t be with you at the end.

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