Animal advocates are outraged at the former South Korean president Park Geun-hye after she was ousted from office and reportedly left her nine dogs behind on Sunday as she moved out. According to SkyNews, the president was removed by the country’s Constitutional Court concerning a massive corruption scandal.
In 2013, when Geun-hye became president, she had been gifted a pair of Jindo dogs, a Korean breed of hunting dogs named Saerom and Heernang (translated to New and Hope). The dog recently gave birth to a litter of seven puppies who are too young to be separated from their mother. The dogs had been Internet stars, as Park regularly posted photos of herself hugging the dogs on her Facebook page, and often referred to the beautiful pooches as the “real power holders” at the complex.
The extremely unpopular politician has been harshly criticized by animal lovers for leaving the dogs at her official residence, but is not expected to be facing any animal cruelty charges since the dogs were not “wandering without an owner in public places” according to Korean animal welfare laws.
“How can you abandon your own family like you would throw out old pair of shoes?” stated one Instagram user.
Authorities have assured animal advocates, however that the dogs will be adopted out to loving homes.
(Photo via Facebook of South Korean president leaving dogs behind)
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