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About 60 dogs have been put to sleep by an Osaka-based animal welfare organization after their owner sustained serious injuries in a traffic accident, the group said Friday.

According to the nonprofit group, the 57-year-old woman, who lives by herself in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, set up a prefab kennel in her yard about four years ago.

There were some 100 dogs living in the kennel when she suffered the accident last month, it said. The woman was injured while on her way home from obtaining dog food.

With the woman in a coma following the accident, the group and her daughter fed the animals, but many of the dogs developed skin diseases because of the poor conditions in which they were kept.

Roughly 60 of the dogs that were determined to be unlikely to recover were transferred to an animal hospital in Osaka where they were put to sleep. Of the remaining 40 dogs, only 10 have found new owners so far, it said.

“Taking care of so many dogs is too many for one person. We warned her many times,” a senior member of the group said. “We had no alternative but to euthanize them so as not to cause them further suffering.”

A health center official in Kameoka said that under the circumstances, putting the dogs to sleep was not a problem so long as the job was done by a veterinarian.

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