San Diego Humane Society Offers Refuge Today For 29 Dogs Destined For Slaughter As Part of Korean Meat Trade

SAN DIEGO – September 17, 2015: Today, 29 dogs destined for slaughter as part of the Korean dog meat trade, found refuge with San Diego Humane Society.

The Special Response Team from San Diego Humane Society transported the 29 dogs from San Francisco International Airport after the dogs arrived by flight from South Korea as part of a Humane Society International (HSI) rescue effort.

San Diego Humane Society veterinarians and animal care staff will spend this afternoon and coming days conducting exams of the 29 dogs to ascertain their health and wellbeing with the hope of placing the dogs up for adoption.

“Our goal is to end animal suffering in any form it takes. The dog meat trade is one of the most horrific forms of cruelty and we’ve taken on helping these animals as an urgent mission for San Diego Humane Society,” says Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO. “Our partnership with Humane Society International is critical to our ability to provide a second chance for animals; in this case animals destined for the worst type of abuse and slaughter.”

More About The Effort To Save Dogs From The Korea Meat Trade

In this rescue effort, Humane Society International is transferring more than 100 dogs from South Korea to the U.S., mostly mastiffs ranging in weight from 20-60 pounds up to 100-130 pounds. Other breeds include Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas. All are estimated to be between 1-2 years old with the exception of some 4-9 month old puppies.

HSI is working in countries across Asia to end the dog meat trade and helping dog meat farmers transition to more humane ways of making a living. HSI requested the help of San Diego Humane Society to care for, rehabilitate and rehome these dogs.

Further information about these animals will be available at a joint press conference with Humane Society International and San Diego Humane Society next week:

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: San Diego Humane Society, 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Interview Opportunities:
• Dr. Gary Weitzman, President and CEO, San Diego Humane Society
• Chief Steve MacKinnon, Chief of Humane Law Enforcement, San Diego Humane Society

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Kelli Schry: 619.250.6801 or [email protected].

About San Diego Humane Society

Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services.