SAN DIEGO–More than two dozen dogs destined for slaughter as part of the Korean dog meat trade, found refuge with San Diego Humane Society.
The Special Response Team from San Diego Humane Society transported the 29 dogs from San Francisco International Airport after the dogs arrived by flight from South Korea as part of a Humane Society International (HSI) rescue effort. San Diego Humane Society veterinarians and animal care staff will spend this afternoon and coming days conducting exams of the 29 dogs to ascertain their health and wellbeing with the hope of placing the dogs up for adoption.
“ Our goal is to end animal suffering in any form it takes. The dog meat trade is one of the most horrific forms of cruelty and we’ve taken on helping these animals as an urgent mission for San Diego Humane Society,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO. “Our partnership with Humane Society International is critical to our ability to provide a second chance for animals; in this case animals destined for the worst type of abuse and slaughter.”
In this rescue effort, Humane Society International is transferring more than 100 dogs from South Korea – most mastiffs ranging in weight from 20 to 60 pounds up to 100 to 130 pounds. Other breeds include Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas. All are estimated to be between 1 to 2 years old with the exception of some 4 to 9 month old puppies. HSI is working in countries across Asia to end the dog meat trade and helping dog meat farmers transition to more humane ways of making a living. HSI requested the help of San Diego Humane Society to care for, rehabilitate and rehome these dogs.