We’ve heard of people stealing money so that their family can eat, but this Japanese man took this took this to a whole different level – he went on a year-long stealing and burglary spree, making off with a total of US$185,000 (over 19 million yen) just to feed 120 cats – and not just ordinary cat food, but to keep them on a gourmet diet, this revealed by Japanese police on Thursday. 48-year-old Mamoru Demizu is suspected of breaking into houses to steal cash and jewels on 32 separate occasions.
Of course, now that we know he was keeping his cats on a gourmet food diet, we understand why he needed so much money – but it doesn’t make it right though, does it? According to information from the police, Demizu said in his statement that he stole these things to come up with the money to feed scores of his feline friends. Demizu revealed that he was spending up to 25,000 yen ($250) a day, a police officer said. “He said he felt happiest when he rubbed his cheek against cats,” the officer said.
Demizu was himself unemployed – which again adds to our understanding of why hhe had to steal to keep up with his gourmet food expenses. He kept one cat at his home in Izumi City, western Japan, and around 20 more in a nearby warehouse, but he didn’t stop there. Demizu was also feeding 100 more stray cats that lived in the neighborhood, the police said. “He would give them fresh fish and chicken, not cheap canned food,” he said.
Japan is no stranger to strange behavior when it comes to pets. Recently, a man living in the city of Osaka was arrested by the city police after his neighbors complained that he was keeping more than 80 reptiles for pets. These included venomous lizards and snakes, all kept in his small one-room flat. The police were alerted after a very scared neighbor found a long snake slithering along a wall outside his flat, after which he promptly informed the authorities.
[via Business Insider]