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Couple files suit against Nagoya vet hospital over dog's death

Miniature dachshund Torisu is seen in this photo provided by the plaintiffs' counsel.

NAGOYA -- A couple in this central Japan city filed a suit for damages of about 3.39 million yen (nearly $31,000) with the Nagoya District Court against a veterinary hospital here on Sept. 17, claiming their dog died after staff left him unattended.

    According to the complaint and other sources, the male miniature dachshund Torisu, 12 at the time, developed a cough and a fever. On the recommendation of the animal hospital, the couple admitted Torisu for treatment on July 3, 2019. Around 9 a.m. the next day, the hospital informed the couple that their dog had died.

    The hospital apparently said that there were no staff on-site from 10 p.m. on July 3, but that Torisu had still been conscious at around 8:30 a.m. the following day. However, the hospital did not tell the couple the exact time or cause of death, and they claim their dog died without receiving the checks or treatment the hospital was duty-bound to provide. The couple also claim that the hospital infringed their right to be with their dog until his death.

    The 66-year-old wife told a Sept. 17 press conference held in Nagoya, "It's unbelievable that our dog died overnight, after we were told that he should be hospitalized for two to three days. Animals can't speak, but it's veterinarians' job to examine them."

    (Japanese original by Tatsuya Michinaga, Nagoya News Center)

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