Dogs taken from Korean ‘meat farm’ are ready to be adopted

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL - Twenty-three dogs rescued by Humane Society International from a dog meat farm in Ilsan, South Korea, arrive in Washington, DC, on Jan. 5 and 6, 2015. HSI worked with the farmer to remove the dogs from miserable conditions and close the doors of his facility for good. As part of the plan, HSI secured an agreement with him to stop raising dogs for food and move permanently to growing crops as a more humane way to make a living. HSI, the international affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States, is working to reduce the dog meat trade in Asia, including South Korea, where dogs are farmed for the industry. HSI plans to work with more South Korean dog meat farmers to help them transition out of this cruel business. In this image, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria employee Brian Rees and HSI animal rescue responder Ashley Wolford carry a dog into the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria after their long flight to DC from South Korea. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Humane Society International)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Dogs that were brought to the Washington area from a “meat farm” in South Korea are taking a step toward finding permanent homes.

Representatives of the Humane Society of the United States negotiated to take the 23 dogs away from the farm, where they were being raised for meat. The farm was shut down, and the farmer was compensated to start growing crops instead.

The animals have spent this week at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, where they’ve undergone testing for diseases. On Friday, most of them will be transferred to five other shelters in northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Before they leave, the directors of the shelters will speak at a news conference alongside the pups. They’ll be working to find people to adopt the dogs.

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