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Dogs Once Destined for Slaughter on South Korean Dog Meat Farm Now Safe in Dallas

Humane Society International rescued dogs and shut down farm; partners with SPCA of Texas to find dogs loving homes

(DALLAS, TX) May 3, 2016 ― Six dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International arrived at the SPCA of Texas just after midnight on Tuesday, May 3 where they will be evaluated and treated for any medical issues and later be put up for adoption.

The dogs are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HSI’s Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. Due to the complex logistical planning needed to transport and place the high number of dogs in the U.S., HSI flew 79 dogs out in several shipments that began in February 2016. All of those dogs are now with shelters that are part of The Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner program.

In the final leg of the shipment, HSI is bringing the remaining 171 dogs to the U.S. and Canada: 121 dogs will arrive at its emergency shelter in Madison, New Jersey and 50 dogs will be transported nationwide to Emergency Placement Partner shelters, including the SPCA of Texas, as well as to foster families in Ottawa, Canada.

Background: HSI worked with the farm owner to permanently shut down his farm and remove all dogs from miserable conditions. As part of the plan, the farmer signed an agreement with HSI to stop raising dogs for meat and permanently leave the trade. HSI provided guidance and support to make this transition possible and will follow the farmer’s progress to ensure compliance. The farmer intends to focus on scrap metal as a main business.

HSI is working to reduce the dog meat trade in Asia, including South Korea where dogs are solely farmed for the trade – and where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. HSI will work with other dog farmers who agree to get out of the inhumane dog meat trade permanently and transition into non-animal based trades.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said: “We are proud to work with Humane Society of the United States Emergency Placement Partners, SPCA of Texas, to help find these dogs permanent homes with loving and caring families in Texas.”

**Photos and video of the Korean dog meat farm are available here.
**Photos of the dogs’ arrival at the SPCA of Texas are available here.

About Humane Society International
Humane Society International and its partner organizations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organizations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org.


About SPCA of Texas
The SPCA of Texas is the leading animal welfare agency in North Texas. The non-profit organization operates two shelters and three spay/neuter clinics located in Dallas and McKinney, and maintains a team of animal cruelty investigators to respond to thousands of calls in North Texas counties. Moreover, the SPCA of Texas serves as an active resource center for an array of services that bring people and animals together to enrich each other’s lives. The SPCA of Texas is not affiliated with any other entity and does not receive general operating funds from the City of Dallas, State of Texas, federal government or any other humane organization. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. For more information: spca.org.

 

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