An animal welfare group says dozens of dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived in Cambridge.
Humane Society International’s Canadian branch says 50 dogs have arrived in the last five days, and are bound for shelters and rescue groups in Ontario and Quebec.
The organization says another 120 or so dogs are headed to the United States and the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Aldworth, the group’s executive director, says many of the animals rescued from the facility in Namyangju had open sores and were severely emaciated due to malnutrition.
Humane Society International, which has been campaigning to end the dog meat trade, says an estimated 2.5 million dogs are killed for meat each year in South Korea.
The group says the Namyangju dog meat farm, which has now shut down, was one of roughly 17,000 such facilities in South Korea.
The animals are arriving to Canada through Pearson Airport, and are then brought to an emergency shelter in Cambridge. The dogs are receiving care, and will then be sent to partner shelters throughout the province and Quebec.
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