10 dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm, brought to Roanoke to find forever homes through Angels of Assisi

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — After being saved from a dog meat farm in South Korea, 10 dogs traveled all the way to Roanoke for a second chance at a forever home thanks to Angels of Assisi

According to Angels of Assisi, these dogs were part of a large-scale rescue in South Korea where more than 100 animals were being raised for the puppy mill and meat trade.

“What they’re doing is working with farmers that have dog meat farms and they’re working to find them other ways of getting income.”

Lisa O’Neill – Executive Director / Angels of Assisi

The organization says tens of thousands of dogs are killed each year for food in Asian countries, which is why Humane Society International (HSI) is working to shut down the dog and meat trade in South Korea and help farmers transition to alternative work practices.

“We work on the dog meat issue first in a number of countries, China, South Korea… most other countries dogs are sort of gathered up as stray dogs or stolen pets, but, South Korea has a sort of business model of having farms and farmers who raise these dogs specifically for the dog meat trade.”

Adam Parascandola – Vice President of Global Animal Rescue / Humane Society International

Out of all the dogs arriving in the U.S., HSI reportedly rescued 60 of them from a single dog meat farm in May, marking the 16th farm the organization has helped close down since 2015.

Angels of Assisi says the dogs were living in wire cages without adequate shelter or veterinary care. In addition, after the animals were saved, each one was examined, vaccinated, and quarantined before heading to the U.S., according to the organization.

“Knowing that these dogs were destined to be someone’s meal is gut wrenching,” said April Saunders, Adoption Center Director at Angels of Assisi, in a news release on Thursday, July 16. “We are thankful that Humane Society International was able to work with the farmers and rescue these dogs from inhumane conditions. My team can’t wait to shower them with the love they deserve and find them loving forever homes.”

According to the organization, the dogs landed safely on Wednesday, July 15 at Dulles International Airport, where Angels of Assisi’s rescue team was waiting to transport 10 dogs to Roanoke.

“We left last night to go up the airport near Washington D.C., where a large group of dogs are coming in from Korea, and they were brought over by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society International… who partnered to do this big rescue.”

Lisa O’Neill – Executive Director / Angels of Assisi

Over the next few days, Angels of Assisi says veterinarians will perform exams and any necessary medical treatments — including spaying and neutering — before the dogs become available for meet-and-greets and adoption.

If you would like to set up an adoption visit with one of these dogs — or any other animal at the shelter — or donate to Angels of Assisi, you can do so by clicking here.

In addition, if you would like to find out more information on the dog meat trade or would like to donate to HSI, click here.

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