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Two of the dogs rescued from the dog farm in Goyang, South Korea


International rescue    

Forty-six dogs were recently flown to New York from South Korea after being rescued by the Humane Society International at a farm where they were to be slaughtered for human consumption. After arriving at Kennedy International Airport, the animals were taken to emergency shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The farm in Goyang, a city just north of Seoul, "was more like a dungeon, where there was very little light or ventilation, so the stench of ammonia would bring tears to your eyes when you walked through," said Kelly O'Meara, who oversees the society's companion animal-related international projects. "You'd see eyes peering at you, but it was hard to actually see the dogs themselves in the dark.”

An estimated 17,000 other such farms still operate in South Korea, producing meat from about two million slaughtered dogs each year, even though it is apparently a declining industry, due to a gradual fall in demand for dog meat. At these farms, the dogs receive no veterinary care of any kind. "They either get through it or they die in their cage, and they only receive just enough food to get by," Ms O'Meara said. 

In the United States, the rescued dogs will be available for adoption after the shelters evaluate their behaviour and medical needs, and make sure each one is ready for a new life in someone's home. The Washington-based Humane Society International, which relies on private donations, deals directly with farmers to close down and demolish dog meat businesses and help owners financially to transition to other work. The animals must be taken abroad, Ms O'Meara said, because they're generally not wanted in South Korea as pets or companion dogs. Some had been abandoned pets, while others were raised to be sold as pets but given to the meat industry if that failed.

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