Recently, a student at Yongin Foreign Language High School (#232, Wangsan-li, Mohyn-myeon, Yongin-si, Gyeongi-do) contacted KARA about the terrible situation of a dog farm right near his school. He said it was just beside the high school’s playground, and he wasn't kidding.
In one picture the student took, you can see the ramshackle dog farm in the middle of the photo, right next to the school boundary located at bottom left. Even though dogs are hidden by trees from some angles, they can be heard barking and yelping.
The farm apparently sells dogs to some dog meat restaurant/s near the school. A teacher at the school said it might be illegal and is thinking of submitting a civil appeal to Yongin City Council against the dog farm operation.
Dogs trapped in terrible conditions, living in misery, can be seen from the school. What kind of message is this sending to children?
As well as the sound of dogs barking, there are louder yelps of fear and cries once every 3 days, mostly likely when slaughtering is taking place. Along with that is a disgusting smell that wafts over the playground. These smells are not just from waste but include burned hair smells caused by the blowtorching removal of dog hair.
The squallor of the dog farm is in clear view of the school, but this is pretty typical of dog farms all over Korea. They are run on the cheap and are like rubbish dumps.
KARA sent its manager and rescue specialist to investigate at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Here is what occurred:
- Heard what has been happening from the general manager of Yongin Foreign Language High School
- Looked around and saw the dog farm located just beside the play ground. The farm’s environment looked unsanitary and in a very poor condition.
- Met the high school principal before going to visit the farm. The principal regarded the farm as a prison for dogs and he really hoped it would be removed.
- Went to the farm and saw how miserable it was. Took photos for evidence. There was one dead dog. A Maltese was found left in a disgusting and dirty place. Signs of dog slaughtering were evident. There were around 60 dogs. It was hard to leave the farm and turn their backs on the dogs’ cries.
- Went to the Cheoin Ward Office of Youngin City and met with Ms.Insook Kim who works for the Industry and Environment Dept. The discussion centered around the legality of the dog farm and whether it was registered. It was confirmed that the owners house can be removed if the owner has no permit.
- Mr. Hyeon-seung Lee, responsible for animal protect, discussed about prosecuting the owner for cruelty to animals based on the animal protect law.
- Ms. Insook Kim was asked to carry out an on-the-spot survey with four officers who have the roles related to this case. The dog farm should be examined in terms of building laws, animal protect laws, forest protect laws, and domestic animals’ excretions laws.
- Requested the investigation results from Ms. Insook Kim when they become available.
While waiting for the results, other solutions will be sought.
Here is some of photographs the investigators took for evidence:
Typical dog farm conditions: young dogs crammed into wire cages all their lives.
They found other disturbing sights.
A mother with pups born into a dog hell. This beagle once again proves that dog meat supporters are lying when they say that only "special" kinds of dogs are raised and killed in the dog meat industry.
A scared tiny dog that was perhaps once someone's pet. The same is true of the poor Maltese in horrific circumstances below.
Yes, there is a dog in there, living out its life in darkness, filth, loneliness and misery. This is the kind of disgrace that is allowed to continue in Korea because of a government that is ineffective at policing its already weak animal protection laws.
Probably where slaughtering takes place.