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EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Eight dogs that were to have been slaughtered for meat are now at a shelter in central Massachusetts, and may eventually go up for adoption. The dogs were rescued from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea by Humane Society International (HSI). A total of 250 dogs were taken from the farm, whose owner has signed an agreement with HSI to permanently leave the dog meat industry.
Since February, the dogs have been flown across the Pacific to shelters in the United States and Canada, including the Second Chance Animal Shelter in East Brookfield. There, the dogs are being examined and treated for any possible medical issues. From there, they will be put up for adoption.
Five of the three dogs sent to Second Chance will stay there, while three others will soon be moved to other shelters.
HSI is working to end the dog meat trade in Asia, and are working with farmers like the one in Wonju to move them out of the industry and into trades that do not involve animals.