Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2016

Dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm now safe at Animal Alliance in Lambertville

Photo: Meredith Lee/HSI

One of the recently rescued dogs. (Photo: Meredith Lee/HSI)

Two of the dogs recently rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International will arrive at Animal Alliance In Lambertville on Saturday, April 30, between 12-1 p.m., where they will be evaluated and treated for any medical issues, and later be put up for adoption.

The dogs are part of a group of 250 dogs and puppies rescued by HSI’s Animal Rescue Team from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. Due to the complex logistical planning needed to transport and place the high number of dogs in the U.S., HSI flew 79 dogs out in several shipments that began in February 2016. All of those dogs are now with shelters that are part of he Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner program.

In the final leg of the shipment, HSI is bringing the remaining 171 dogs to the U.S. and Canada — 121 dogs have arrived at its emergency shelter in Madison, N.J., and 50 dogs will be transported nationwide to Emergency Placement Partner shelters, including Animal Alliance, as well as to foster families in Ottawa, Canada.

HSI worked with the farm owner to permanently shut down his farm, and remove all dogs from miserable conditions. As part of the plan, the farmer signed an agreement with HSI to stop raising dogs for meat and permanently leave the trade. HSI provided guidance and support to make this transition possible and will follow the farmer’s progress to ensure compliance. The farmer intends to focus on scrap metal as a main business.

Kelly O’Meara, director of companion animals and engagement for HSI, said, “We are proud to work with Humane Society of the United States Emergency Placement Partners, Animal Alliance to help find these dogs permanent homes with loving and caring families in the tri-state area.”

The Animal Alliance is located at 1432 Route 179 North in Lambertville; (609) 635-7006.

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