Late in the afternoon on May 12th, we received an urgent phone call about a cat with a serious leg injury at a highway rest stop in Gyeonsangnam-do, a province in the south of South Korea.
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In April, we had a call to attend animal abuse near Buyeo, a town in Chungnam Province, South Korea. A large black dog was being transported in the back of a truck with a professional dog catcher’s noose around its neck. The dog’s head, face and mouth were bleeding heavily and he looked as though he had been beaten with a blunt object.
During his campaign, South Korea’s 19th president, Jae-in Moon, promised to adopt a dog from CARE as First Dog, the official companion dog of the First Family. Animal rights groups, animal lovers, and the Hankyoreh newspaper are demanding that he make good on this most easily-kept promise.
The man who tortured a cat with boiling water and hot pokers, left it suffering in agony unable to eat or drink for 5 days, and then fed it alive to his dogs, was sentenced on May 2nd, 2017 at a court in South Chungcheon province, South Korea.
We received a report on the evening of the 24th April that an apartment building security guard in Dongdaemoon-gu, Seoul, had buried a cat alive.
CARE continues to investigate traditional markets in and around Seoul since Moran market’s announcement that the public slaughtering of dogs at the market will cease. However, this is still happening, including at Moran market; dogs are being taken from display cages and slaughtered in front of customers and other dogs.
After emergency operations on his broken left leg and joint, and broken ribs, and to repair the punctured lung caused by the awful abuse he received, Hope—the Spitz puppy thrown out in a garbage bag—is recovering well and breathing more easily.
On March 29th, CARE, in collaboration with congresswoman Jeong Mi Lee, Hotpink Dolphins (Korean), and the Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) (Korean), held a press conference to present the results of the nationwide aquarium investigation.