BEND, OR -- More than two-dozen dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm are now safe in Central Oregon. Lynne Ouchida, with the Humane Society of Central Oregon, tells KBND News the goal is to eventually find families for every dog. "The condition of these dogs arrived in, some are very, very malnourished and thin and others are OK. But, these guys have also been held in a facility by the Humane Society International and they’ve been fed for a certain amount of time. They’re in better condition now then they were obviously on that farm."
Staff from the Bend shelter and Redmond’s Brightside Animal Center
traveled to San Francisco to get the dogs over the weekend. The Bend shelter took in 17 of the Korean dogs; the other 11 are at the Redmond facility. Ouchida says this was a unique opportunity for her organization and Brightside to get involved in an ongoing international rescue operation. "Since the dogs were coming from Korea and being flown directly to San Francisco – this is the fifth farm that has closed. Most of the dogs were dispersed either on the west coast or the east coast, just based on where the flights were coming in. Then, they’re reaching out to those shelter partners that can take them in." She says that has typically kept dogs from similar rescue operations out of Central Oregon. "We have, unfortunately and fortunately, had empty kennels so we actually get to use it for a really, really rewarding experience." Both facilities are seeking donations to help provide proper food and medical care to the animals.
Ouchida says there is a wide range of ages, sizes, breeds and health conditions, but some should be ready for adoption very soon. "All of these dogs, although they were bred for a certain purpose, just like the companions that we have in our homes, they really do look at you and seem to seek out that human-animal bond. And, that’s what we hope to nurture."