Shortly after we got involved in the Nara large-scale rescue, we received a call from a breeder in Tokushima who had given up his business and wanted to donate his facility to HEART. He claimed to have only 12 dogs remaining that he would care for himself. Animal Control had apparently checked his facility in the spring and had given the thumbs up to renew his breeding license. Although we are skeptical of all breeders, with high hopes we arranged a visit to the location. What we encountered was soon to distinguish any hopes we held
Filthy cages stacked upon cages. Emaciated dogs with matted fur forced to live for years in their tiny prisons. There were actually 18 dogs in all. Seventeen small breeds: Toy Poodles, Pekinese, Miniature Dachshunds, West highland Terriers, one Chihuahua, one Jack Russell, one pomeranian and one Akita ken. The breeder cared so little for these animals, he didn’t know how many dogs he had.
All 18 dogs were rescued. Dai, the Akita was transferred to Animal Friends Niigata. He is 8 years old and has advanced stage heartworm. We are very grateful to Isabella and AFN for offering to take him in.
11 of the Tokushima breeder dogs have since found loving homes, 6 are still waiting!
If you are interested in adopting one of these lovely animals, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.