SAN D, March 1 (UPI) -- Thirty dogs were rescued from cramped and filthy cages at a South Korean meat farm by the San Diego Humane Society, the group announced Monday.
A total of 21 adult dogs and nine puppies were rescued, including huskies, Korean mastiffs and golden retrievers who had lived in cages their entire lives and suffered from malnutrition and animal cruelty.
The dogs were destined to be eaten until they were saved by a program sponsored by Humane Society International, San Diego Humane Society spokeswoman Stacy Archambault said.
The dogs, some as old as two, will be treated by a medical team in San Diego over the next two weeks before being adopted. Many of them will also need time to adjust to normal surroundings, Archambault said.
"Helping to end the horrors of the dog-meat trade is a critical mission for us," said Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society. "We have pledged to keep San Diego at zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals — and we will keep that promise — but that doesn't mean we will ever turn our backs on other animals in need."