After nearly 200 dogs were rescued from a South Korean meat farm by an international animal rights organization, over 60 of them have been taken in by shelters across the area with hopes of finding them new homes.
Of those 60 dogs, nine of them found their way to the Animal House Shelter, a no-kill facility located in suburban Huntley. The dogs were purchased from a meat farm in South Korea that bred the dogs for their meat.
“They are actually breeding dogs to sell them off to the dog meat trade,” Animal House volunteer Ashley Feck said. “They actually have dog meat festivals for this.”
Humane Society International identified the farm, paying its owner for around 200 dogs. The dogs were brought to shelters in six different Midwestern states, including Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Of the dogs that were brought to the Huntley facility, one is pregnant, and has already found a foster home, but many must recover from injuries before they can begin the process of finding their new home.
“We are still assessing their medical needs,” Feck said. “A lot of them came in with medical conditions and grooming issues.”
Feck says that some of the dogs are really timid after their harrowing journey from the meat farm to the shelter, but that it is the hope of volunteers to see all of them find new homes.
Each of the dogs will be placed in foster care while they undergo medical treatment. Once healthy, the dogs will be put up for adoption, and those looking for more information on bringing home one of the courageous pooches can go to the group’s website.