Dogs saved from slaughter in South Korea

HSI on its website says that it reached an agreement with the husband-and-wife dog farmers to permanently close the farm and fly all of the animals to the United States on a chartered flight.

At the seven farms from which the Humane Society rescued more than 800 dogs since 2015, those to be slaughtered included both mixed breed dogs and purebred ones - from a Chihuahua and a Maltese to various spaniels and a Saint Bernard.

"You'd see eyes peering at you, but it was hard to actually see the dogs themselves in the dark", she added.

Nadeau, who pleaded guilty to a charge of causing distress to an animal in provincial court, is also banned from owning a pet for 10 years.

It is estimated there are still an estimated 17,000 such farms operating across South Korea alone, rearing more than 2.5 million dogs for human consumption. "The farm is right on the public path next to the train tracks, but the people walking by would never have known what suffering it concealed", said Adam Parascandola, HSI's director of animal protection and crisis response.

'It literally took my breath away, not least because when we first entered the darkness, the stench was overpowering.

The animals landed late on Saturday (local time) and were headed for shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The dogs will now have their behaviour assessed and their medical needs met as they are evaluated for adoption.

The dogs arrive in NY. According to HSI, this is the seventh dog meat farm they have helped close.

However, most people in the country do not regularly eat dog meat and the practice is increasingly falling out of favour with the younger generation.

  • Leroy Wright