Wisconsin shelters take dogs raised for meat in South Korea

WAUKESHA, Wis. (WBAY) - Animal shelters across the U.S., including five in Wisconsin, are taking in dogs rescued from a farm in South Korea that raises dogs for meat.

The meat is used in a traditional spicy soup served in South Korea during the summer.

Humane Society International says a farmer handed over 149 dogs and puppies. They're being flown to shelters in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Wisconsin has the longest list with five shelters taking in the dogs from South Korea in Brookfield, Hayward, Sheboygan, Slinger and Waukesha.

Three were taken to Sheboygan, two to Waukesha.

"This is an amazing thing for us to do. We're just a small shelter in Waukesha County that normally deals with the dogs here at home. And there's lot of dogs for us to deal with here at home. But this is a chance for us to make a difference on a global scale," Jennifer Smieja of HAWS Waukesha told our ABC sister station, WISN.

Penny, a German short hair pointer mix, had to be in quarantine for month and receive her vaccinations before she could be allowed into the United States.

Harpo, a spaniel mix, is also staying in Waukesha for further care then adoption.

"These dogs deserve to have wonderful, loving homes," Smieja said.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society says it is evaluating the dogs and will announce adoption information at its website

Sheboygan County Humane Society will evaluate and care for the dogs. Please check back with the SCHS website at myschs.com.

Humane Society International says it's been working with South Korean dog farmers to help them move into other businesses, and this is the ninth dog meat farm it convinced the owner to close since 2014. He's going into crop farming.

Penny is shown chained up at a dog meat farm in Yesan, South Korea, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. The operation is part of HSI's efforts to fight the dog meat trade throughout Asia. In South Korea, the campaign includes working to raise awareness among Koreans about the plight of meat dogs being no different from the animals more and more of them are keeping as pets.

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