A 39-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly dumping 80 dogs near a river and on a mountain in Tochigi Prefecture.

Masaki Kimura, a former pet shop employee from Nasushiobara, Tochigi Prefecture, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of abandoning 45 dog carcasses on the banks of the Kinugawa River, as well as 27 dead and eight living dogs on a mountain in Nakagawa, between Oct. 30 and 31.

Kimura turned himself in at the Utsunomiyahigashi Police Station on Nov. 11 and allegedly told officers he saw several media reports about abandoned dogs and thought he would be arrested.