Humane Society of Utah accepts rescued dogs from South Korea meat farm

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MURRAY, UT (Dec. 23, 2017) -- Dogs are transferred to Utah after Humane Society International closes 10th meat farm


As an Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the Humane Society of Utah (HSU) accepted a group of rescued dogs from the South Korean meat trade this week. In November 2017, more than 170 dogs were rescued by Humane Society International (HSI), a nonprofit animal protection organization, after they negotiated to close down a dog meat farm located in Namyangju, a two-hour drive from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Several Jindo mix and a Hound/Lab mix dogs ranging in age from 10 months to 2 years old will be available for adoption after they are given a health and behavioral evaluation by the staff at HSU. Since these dogs have lived their entire lives in a wire cage, approved adopters will be educated about additional behavioral training and socialization skills that may be required to help these dogs adjust to life in a home.


South Korea is the only country in the world known to raise dogs on intensive dog farming facilities to supply the demand for dog meat and associated products. The dog meat farm in Namyangju is one of an estimated 17,000 dog farms in South Korea breeding more than 2.5 million dogs a year for human consumption.


“We rescued these dogs from truly deplorable conditions and have brought them to the United States, Canada and the UK to give them a second chance that most dogs in the dog meat trade don’t get,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response at Humane Society International. “We’re grateful to the Humane Society of Utah for accepting these dogs and giving them the opportunity to live their lives in new homes like normal pets..”


Before being transported to the U.S., the dogs were quarantined for 30 days by HSI and provided with veterinary care and vaccinations.


“The dogs that we have received are in better condition than we expected,” said Gene Baierschmidt, HSU executive director.” They are timid and will need time to learn how to be dogs, but we believe that they will flourish in the right home with the right care, patience and love. They will be available for adoption soon. We know that many of the other dogs that were rescued had medical and behavioral problems, and we are grateful to the efforts of HSI, HSUS and other EPPs for their dedicated work to help these dogs.”


As part of the HSUS Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) program, the dogs were transferred to rescues and shelters in Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.


“This is the first time that HSU has rescued dogs from another country,” said Baierschmidt. “Considering what these dogs have gone through, we knew that we had to help.”


In 2018, Pyeongchang will host the Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang is in Gangwon province, where many dog meat farms are located.


HSI has been in South Korea since December 2014. Since then, the organization has made agreements with 10 farmers for permanent closure of their farms. With the help of HSI, all of these farmers transitioned into humane, alternative businesses.


HSI has a major campaign targeting the cruel Yulin dog meat festival held annually in June in Yulin, China, when an estimated 10,000 dogs are killed and consumed in the days surrounding the summer solstice.


The Humane Society of Utah is a local, private nonprofit animal shelter and is not a branch of The Humane Society of the United States or Humane Society International. HSU is a member of the HSUS Emergency Placement Partner (EPP) Program. After The HSUS removes animals from abusive situations, they work with EPPs to care for and place the animals. As local groups with access to local resources, EPPs provide the animals with veterinary care, rehabilitation, and ultimately, placement in lifelong homes.


The Humane Society of Utah also recently transferred in 11 dogs that have been under the care of Best Friends Animal Society in Houston, Texas and plan to receive eight more soon. The dogs were taken from local shelters during Hurricane Harvey and hope to find new homes in Utah.


To view available animals for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah, visit For more information about the Humane Society International’s efforts to end the dog meat industry, visit For information about The Humane Society of the United States EPP program, visit