Cat Lovers Make Police Re-Arrest Serial Kitten Torturer

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A man charged with animal abuse for torturing kittens to death has been re-arrested and charged with fraud after outraged cat lovers submitted a petition to police demanding harsher punishment.

45-year-old “self-styled” company employee Katsumi Hirose, a resident of Kawasaki, was convicted of killing 3 kittens in November, having come to police attention when the 52-year-old woman who had given him a kitten visited his house and discovered a discarded cat carcass near his apartment, and subsequently alerted police.

At the time of his initial November arrest, he told that police that “I did it because I got mad when it made a mess on the floor. I got about 10 of them over the Internet since May, one I threw into the river, the rest escaped.”

He is thought to have posted a lengthy and gleeful account of how he tortured a kitten to death on 2ch’s notorious “animal hater” board (which consists in large part of animal abuse stories and advocacy, excused on the board as being “only fantasy” but widely derided on the rest of 2ch as being a “gathering of psychopaths” and a “breeding ground for animal abusers”).

Posting under the name of “Hammer,” his posts include graphic details of how he broke the cat’s legs and repeatedly maimed it with pliers.

He refers to this cat as “kusoneko five,” suggesting he has been pursuing his ghastly hobby for some time, and evidently took great delight in the distressed reaction of both the cat and 2ch. Earlier writings by “Hammer” include details of him torturing another cat with hammer, lighter and pliers over a protracted period.

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With the chance of a jail sentence for animal cruelty almost non-existent, outraged cat lovers soon organised themselves, culminating in a petition with over 2,600 names being forwarded to the local police station, demanding more severe punishment (although 2ch’s many entreaties that he be subjected to the death penalty seem likely to be ignored).

Police were apparently sufficiently persuaded that the kitten “was of great value” to its original owner, and took the unusual step of charging Hirose with fraud for obtaining the kitten under false pretences. He is also likely to be sued in civil courts by the cat-owners he “defrauded” of their kittens.

The fraud charges centre on him deceiving a 52-year-old woman he met on an online cat adoption board into letting him adopt a male kitten from her, saying he would take good care of him when he in fact intended to torture and kill him.

Hirose told police that he tricked the woman into giving him the cat, saying “I pretended I liked it” and admitted that “I had no intention of looking after it. I needed to let off some stress, so I wanted a cat to abuse.”

He signed a pledge to “lovingly rear the cat as a member of my family” when he took custody of the animal. He then tortured it and threw it into a nearby river the next day.

Animal cruelty carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a million yen in fines (although prison sentences are unusual and most cases apparently end with charges being dropped), whereas fraud carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and is viewed as a considerably more serious offence.

Just what sentence fraudulently adopting a kitten for the purpose of torturing it to death will attract is not clear, although cat lovers are hoping that he may now actually face a jail sentence.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I used to be a bad kid when I was younger, I tortured all the rabbits and dogs pets my relatives bought for me on my birthdays. I don't want to go into the details, but I did things I am now very ashamed of.

    I am now trying to make up for my past wrongs by giving strays/lost cats, rabbits and dogs a temporary home while trying to find their owners. As of right now, I am owner of 3 cats and 1 rabbit and I love the little guys so much that I sometimes spoil them. They're so silly and to fun when they play with each other.

    This guys in the article is a very troubled guy. He could definitely turn into a wife beater.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:41 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    What? Wife beater? That's it? Those kinds could probably go into torturing humans. If they can dignify torturing totally defenseless animals, then they can probably dignify torturing something less defenseless.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wouldn't they abuse animals precisely because they can't abuse humans? There are significant consequences for doing the same to a human. Just because they aren't sane doesn't mean they are necessarily psychopathic.

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    Comment by Absolute.Territory
    16:44 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Lets be honest here; he'll never have a wife.

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    Comment by ItsDemo
    21:50 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    and no more pussy too as it seems.

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    Comment by Falos
    11:11 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Animal hater board"? Oh boy here we go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:19 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    really, who the hell came up with that.

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    Comment by LDC
    11:55 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Well, well, looks like when the Japanese want to, they can put pressure on their authorities as well.

    Too bad they didn't do the same thing with Ishihara.

    Kind of makes me rage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:23 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Except the JCP candidate.

    "Otaku of the world unite; You have nothing to lose but your censorship."

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    Comment by TNinja
    16:35 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just add kittens and they'll react. :V

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pics or din't happen =)

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    Comment by Your Name
    12:18 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They would if there were better candidates to replace him, but the rest are worse.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    14:10 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe 2ch. Does this apply to dolphin and whale or domesticated animal only?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 26/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @16:15
    Drop the technicalities, professor. In common speech, animal usually refers to the non-human kind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    well dolphin and whale are considered animals... then again so are humans.

    we all fall under the animal kingdom.

    2ch aren't the brightest, you know.

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    11:32 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Either way, Mr. Katsumi will find himself in Silent Hill (Japanese Branch) and on the receiving end of a Great Hammer...Wielded by Neko Nyan Nyan Pyramid Head...

    "He broke the cat’s legs and repeatedly maimed it with pliers."

    And just for that atrocious act, he will also be chased by Nekomimi Nurses wielding said pliers when he gets to Brookhaven Hospital...

    "He then tortured it and threw it into a nearby river the next day."

    Thus, we all know he will get the "In Water" Ending when all of this is over...

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    Comment by PirateKing

    Dude, you're not funny...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    And looking at your recent posts, you're not either! Hmmm...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:01 28/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Joking about it makes helps recognize the absurdity of it. Being a PC asshole does nothing but piss yourself off.
    We're still laughing.
    You've killed no joy.

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    Comment by Zanosuke_Kurosaki
    14:48 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    @PirateKing: He's funnier than you. And that's the point. What that sick fucker did isn't funny, and he deserves an equally karmic and "unfunny" fate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There are crazy fucks who get off on torturing animals all over the world. But it takes a special level of mental illness to willingly give them a forum to congregate and encourage each other.

    3 cheers for Japan..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:51 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The ironic thing is that I remember all the racist rants from Japan about the kitten crusher and here we have a board dedicated to animal abusers from Japan. Pot calling kettle black...

    At least the kitten crusher made money from selling the sadistic videos to all parts of the world. These people sound like the only profit they want is personal pleasure from their disgusting acts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 28/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The guy should have his nuts abused.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i used to hate cats like this guy, then i found a kitty that would put up with me. i've dubbed him, "megakitty"

    it's actually a nice story, all the cats i had before, after the first bath, they hated me, and then they would always hide and as a kid that irritates you because your stupid at that age. but mega kitty came and even after a bath and he clawed the shit out of my arm, after i waylayed him, he was so cocky that he didn't even hide. he just strutted up to me for his treat like he was entitled. after that, i said, this is the cat i'll keep. and so i got him still, only now he's all swolled up like a cat version of a pitbull. he might be part bobcat, but i'm not sure. he's pushing 30 pounds of muscle now, thus the reason for the name, megakitty.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Dude, why the fuck did you actually bath your cats in the first place? They aren't dogs, that is totally unnecessary >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I do live in the countryside, and my cat doesn't get tortured with baths. They are very capable of taking care of their own fur. If fleas are of any concern (and indeed they should, even if you live in an urban area), then give them parasite control medication (I can warmly recommend Frontline, don't know if it's available in the US though). It works like a charm, is completely un-intrusive to the cat's life, and proven to have next to no side effects. Just apply between shoulder blades once every 3-4 weeks and your cat is safe from fleas and ticks. They immediately die from literally just coming in contact with the cat's fur.

    If you think bathing will get rid of fleas, then you're in for an unpleasant surprise anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That torture bit was not meant literally... you gave me no reason to accuse you of that, I was just being overly metaphorical.

    With that out of the way, may I ask just where exactly you live? Sounds like one hell of a place... I didn't actually think you had to deal with Amazonas-like conditions, of course that is way beyond my experience...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i will address each point as best i can. i think torture would imply i do it for pleasure or information, which is silly. i don't look forward to an armful of cuts. living in the countryside in one region is different than in another. reasons i bother to mention living in the country are the immense amount of pests you have to deal with. in the city or rural countryside, it is limited. when you have a house in the middle of a thick jungle, it's more severe. the humidity is tough too. it makes the animals extra smelly.

    the part about a cat being capable of cleaning itself is a blanket statement. i have two cats. megakitty and fluffdaddy. fluffdaddy has no problems keeping himself clean, except for thorns, or stickers getting stuck in his fur. megakitty is more like a dog, he rolls around in the dirt and doesn't really like cleaning himself. i might be because he has less fur than fluffdaddy, though.

    if you buy the flea and tick shampoo it gets rid of them. i don't know what experiences you've had with them, but it works. they die off in the water and go down the drain. we got frontline for my cat and with the fleas as bad as they were, it didn't work. now i know fleas are a problem, but when i said the yard was crawling, i mean that, just walking out side on the porch or even into the yard, your ankles and sock get completely infested within seconds. i had to buy a few gallons of high dollar pesticide and call an exterminator to deal with the problem. every couple of years a flea epidemic breaks out in the country and everyone has a dog so it just spreads for a few miles down each direction down the road. megakitty never stood a chance.
    like i said before, i don't give my cats baths anymore. unless they get poison ivy, oak or sumac again. then the little fella's just going to have to grin and bear it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    if you live in the city, it might not be necessary to bathe your cat, but in the country where i live, your cat will get very dirty and they will start to stink.

    also, in the country the fleas get out of hand in the summertime. the yard will be crawling and you have to call an exterminator. so you gotta get the cat all cleaned up before you let him stay in the house again.
    the cat i had just before megakitty actually got poison ivy oil on it's coat. it never got poison ivy itself, but when it would rub on people they would get it.
    megakitty likes to roll around in the dirt like a dog, i don't bother bathing him because he's earned the acheivment "no baths" for being so badass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:45 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    True everytime you do that, the noise they breaks your heart

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    20:33 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Meiyah?

    is it safe to come out of hidding?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    come on out little buddy, i has a treat for ya. ^__^

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    12:51 25/01/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Shit, at least there's some form of animal cruelty sentence, whereas its non-existent here. People like these just need to disappear from society.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:42 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I'm with Kira on this one. Write it down!

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    Comment by Katsura
    11:40 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    This man dare threatens the cute and cuddly things?!

    May divine judgement crash down upon him!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 26/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your idea of divine punishment causes too much collateral damage Zura.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What a weak piece of shit.

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    Comment by Asian Guy
    11:14 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Another prime example of why some people shouldn't be allowed to keep animals

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    Comment by Rainney
    11:44 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Another prime example of why some people shouldn't be allowed to live.

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    Comment by PirateKing

    Isn't that response kind of ironic ? You want to kill someone becase that person has killed someone ? Oh wait, you're american ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:27 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Humans are capable of the higher thought and an understanding of the moral right and wrong. Animals are not.

    If you want to use reciprocal justice for animals, you have to be on the level of an animal. So, you must lobotomize yourself to the point where you match an animal's cognition.

    By all means, do so. I'll supply the pliers :)

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    Comment by Rainney
    11:51 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Don't compare a cruel human that tortured an animal for pleasure to an innocent animal that never hurt anyone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why are you such a racist PK?

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    Comment by Assassinister
    14:20 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well since its Japan they eat dolphin and whale but some animal right group are against their delicacy. How about if he only kill, cook and eat the kitten but not torture because of financial reason maybe the law may forgive him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually not common over there to eat Dolphin OR Whale. By the way, I'll have whatever you're smoking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 25/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey PK, it's called "the punishment must fit the crime."

    If a person knowingly and willingly kills another person with a preconstructed plan to do so, then they are just not fit for life. End of story. Why would you let someone like that continue to live in this world?

    Now if a person killed another purely by accident, that's a different story altogether.

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    Comment by henwy

    So animals that have hurt people, can be stomped to death? A friend's cat clawed me and drew blood but he wouldn't let me stomp it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i love my cats, i don't like many other animals, and insects you an kill on site, but torture...

    i don't care if you don't like cats, most people are against animal torture.

    there are also many studies that animal abusers are more likely to kill a human than someone who doesn't.

    you have to believe that if i gave a kitten to a person like this, i would have never went to the cops, but i would have stalked him, learned his patterns, and looked for a large hole in his pattern where he would be expected to be by himself... well you kind of get the picture, abandoned shack in the woods, torture him, disposable phone, disguise voice, call fire depo, torch building, have him die with little risk of being caught, cosisering how penis cut off and stabbed to death is seen as suicide.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:09 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ceiling cat will watch him die.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Death would be too sweet for the likes of him.

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    Comment by Mere
    11:31 25/01/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'd like to maim HIM with pliers.






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