Humane Society takes in dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm
December 5, 2017
JANESVILLE, Wis. - Nine dogs destined for the South Korean meat market were adjusting to life in southern Wisconsin Tuesday.
The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin picked up the nine dogs from the Waukesha County Airport Monday night. The dogs arrived on a small plane that had flown to San Francisco from South Korea.
“It was the end of a pretty long trip for those nine dogs,” Executive Director Brett Frazier said.
He said the dogs range in age from 4 months to 5 years, and are a variety of breeds, including greyhound and retriever.
Frazier said this is the first time the shelter has been involved in an international transport after the Humane Society of the United States asked if the Wisconsin shelter would be able to take in dogs the national organization rescued from a South Korean meat farm.
“They were working on shutting down their 10th dog-meat farm, and so they reached out and said, ‘Hey, would you be able to take nine dogs?’” Frazier said. “And after we talked about it as a staff, we decided it was something that we wanted to be a part of.”
He said the conditions the dogs lived in are hard to imagine. Pictures of the rescued dogs on the shelter’s Facebook page show cramped cages with broken mesh floors. Frazier said the dogs were often fed slop, so this might be the first time some of the pups are getting real dog food.
Frazier said the Humane Society’s job to take care of the dogs started on Monday when he and another shelter employee picked up the dogs from the airport, but he said hundreds of people have been working for months to make sure the dogs are safe and healthy.
“From the beginning, the Humane Society International was checking on the health of these pets, making sure they were vaccinated, quarantining them in South Korea for 30 days, making sure when these dogs come to the United States and to Wisconsin and to our shelter, that we know who they are and what their health status is,” Frazier said.
He said about 170 dogs were rescued from the South Korean meat farm and about 50 of the pups came to Wisconsin. He said the others went to different places around the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.
Frazier said the Humane Society plans to evaluate the dogs’ temperaments starting Thursday.
“They’ve got different psychological needs, and that’s the biggest thing we’re dealing with right now is identifying what’s their mental state,” Frazier said. “How can we introduce them into this new life, in this new environment, this new country?”
He said the goal is to have the nine dogs adopted into loving homes, but there’s no timetable for when the process will start.
“One of the good things that we’re really proud of here at the Humane Society is we don’t have time limits on animals,” Frazier said. “Pets that come to the Humane Society get the treatment and the care that they need and the time that they need. We don’t want them to spend a single day longer in the Humane Society than is necessary to get them into a home and set up for a successful life as a pet.”
Until the dogs can be adopted, Frazier said people can help by donating supplies, money or volunteering at the shelter.
“We help thousands of pets every year. These are nine dogs of that thousand, so every day there’s a need here, and if people want to get involved, there’s no wrong way to be a part of helping pets go home again,” Frazier said.
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