149 dogs rescued from dog eating festival

Posted at 6:15 AM, Jul 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-22 06:15:10-04

WAUKESHA COUNTY, WI (WISN/CNN) - From meat farms to loving families, that's what one animal activist is hoping will happen for several dogs rescued from a meat farm in South Korea.

The dogs are now in the Milwaukee area, and will eventually be available for adoption.

Jenny is one of five dogs who arrived in Wisconsin at the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha County after being rescued from a meat farm in South Korea.

Humane Society International rescued 149 dogs in all from deplorable conditions. 

Rescuers said as part of Korea's Bok Nal days, the dogs would have been killed and used in soup. 

One of the dogs had to be in quarantine for a month and receive her vaccinations before she could be allowed into the United States

"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, but this is a chance for us to make a difference on a global scale," Jennifer Smieja of HAWS Waukesha said.

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

"It's exciting to think, they're going to go from being in these deplorable conditions where they were a commodity to loved members of families," Smieja said.

Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society will be receiving more dogs from South Korea in the coming days.

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