• Kyodo


Two of the three hunting dogs that attacked and killed an 89-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair Wednesday afternoon in Kagoshima Prefecture were captured later the same night, police said Thursday.

The two Plott hounds, which are bred to hunt raccoon, bear and boar, were captured by police in the city of Kanoya when they came down from a mountain after their 70-year-old owner whistled for them.

The hounds were immediately transported to a local public health center.

The remaining dog had died after eating a poisoned dumpling placed by the public health center specifically to target the dogs.

The three dogs, each a meter long and weighing about 20 kg, are believed to have attacked Tadayoshi Tojo around 1:40 p.m. on a mountain road in the city’s Kamitakakuma district during his daily outing.

A female motorist who came across the scene in a car reported the attack to police, who sent officers to the scene within 10 minutes.

When they arrived, the three dogs were biting Tojo’s head and arms, police said.

Tojo suffered wounds all over his body but particularly to his head and arms. He died about three hours later after going into shock from blood loss, police said.

The owner, whose identity has been withheld, said he lost the hounds after taking them to the mountain Monday to hunt wild boar.

The owner has told police that the dogs had never attacked people before, police said.

“They’re hunting dogs and are thus excellent attackers,” a health center official said. “I think they were either hungry or their killer instincts were triggered by seeing Mr. Tojo moving along.”

Local resident Tamiko Sonoda, 67, told reporters she was frightened when three dogs, believed to be the same ones that attacked Tojo, approached her car during a drive Tuesday.

One of the three jumped on the hood of her car.

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