A heartbreaking video filmed by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay showed one of the 200 rescued dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm sleeping standing up because she didn’t know how to lie down on a bed.
The dog named Harriet, a three-year-old Jindo, was rescued last week from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. The traumatized dogs were all flown to Humane Society animal shelters in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom to be rehabilitated and prepared for their adoptions. Fifteen dogs were brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Particularly heartbreaking, was watching Harriet as she tried to figure out if she was permitted to curl up on the pink and black soft blanket beneath her.
Staff have speculated the dogs had been accustomed to sleeping standing up because the cages were so crowded. In the video, Harriet could be seen closing her eyes and dozing off as she sat on her blanket nearly falling over. A staff member spent the day showing Harriet how to relax; the video finally shows the sweet dog curled into a ball sleeping on the comfortable blanket.
“Even though our Korean pups are doing well and beginning to adjust, they are still suffering from the horror they endured. These dogs have been on an arduous journey and still have a long way to go, but we are hopeful that wagging tails and snuggley beds will become their norm,” posted the Humane Society on their press release discussing the progress of the rescued dogs into their new lives.
(Photos of South Korean meat farm rescued dogs courtesy of Humane Society of Tampa Bay.)
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