Japanese Man Arrested for Posting Video Forcing His Pet to Cat to Swim in a Bathtub
Police authorities arrested a Japanese man who recorder himself forcing his pet cat to swim in a bathtub allegedly for 1-minute.
A 59-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting his pet cat by forcing it to swim in a bathtub, according to police in central Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. According to the authorities, the man had shared a photo and a video of the kitten being forced to swim on social media.
Masatoshi Hasono, a jobless man from Nagoya, was recognized as the culprit. Hasono shared a video showing his kitten swimming for 1 minute and 29 seconds, according to the police report.
The act of the individual, according to the authorities, is considered a breach of the animal protection law because cats do not enjoy the water. The Japanese authorities claim the man maintains his actions were abusive.
The investigation began last October after a person who noticed the man’s social media posts reported them to the Aichi police. The following month, an animal protection organization encouraged authorities to file criminal charges against Hosono.
However, the man, who was living in Nagoya, Aichi’s capital at the time of the alleged mistreatment, told detectives that he allegedly had handed the cat to a friend. His current address is Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture, which is located northeast of Tokyo.
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