CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Pet Helpers took in five dogs Wednesday which were saved from a South Korean meat farm.
They arrived from Washington, D.C. after Humane Society International reportedly saved more than 170 dogs from the dog meat farm and flew them to shelters in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for care and rehabilitation, according to spokeswoman Carrie Browning-Perez.
"They live in horrid conditions. Barren, wire cages, no protection from any of the elements, barely fed." Pet Helpers Director of Operations Melissa Susko said. "They're all pretty emaciated. The new President of Korea adopted a dog from a meat market so there's hopes he's going to change the law and make it become illegal."
At the farm, the dogs were kept in deprived conditions with wire cages and limited access to veterinary care, Browning-Perez said.
Some of the dogs were renamed "Hawkeye" and "Radar" after characters from the CBS television series "M*A*S*H," a sitcom about an American mobile army surgical hospital that was set near Uijeongbu, South Korea, during the Korean War. The dogs were renamed because their original names were related to Korean cuisine, staffers said.
The other three dogs were named "Tiny Tim," "Blondie" and "Lily."
"HSI believes that with young Koreans increasingly rejecting dog eating, there has never been a better time to phase out the dog meat trade and usher in the 'cultural new horizon' of compassion," Browning-Perez said. "A combination of growing societal shame, increased difficulty in selling dogs as appetite for dog meat declines, and regret at the suffering of dogs, leads farmers to approach HSI for a practical 'way out'."
The dogs will be examined and quarantined for a short time before they're available for adoption.