South Korea is a very beautiful country. Unfortunately, behind all the beautiful sceneries is a culture that is declining but is still prevalent: dog meat farms.
Dog meat farms exist as dog meat is considered as livestock meat in South Korea. They even have specialty dishes made from this type of meat.
However, with the rise of animal rights supporters comes the decline of this culture. This is indeed good news, but there are still dog meat farms operating and their way of treating dogs is cruel and should not be tolerated.
Chi-chi is a Golden retriever who was a victim of these dog meat farms. After going through the grueling process of being prepared for slaughter, Chi-chi was thrown away inside a trash bag after the meat farm people decided she did not have good meat for consumption.
The poor dog was found in the trash by an animal welfare group with her paws almost coming off due to them being tightly bound together. The bindings have torn away the flesh in her paws, and the pup was very fortunate to have been found by the group.
When the welfare group consulted the vets on how to save Chi-chi’s legs, all they could say was that amputation was the best option for Chi-chi to live. And so the operation was done, and although she lost all four of his paws, Chi-chi is finally safe.
After what she went through, it seemed like the universe was finally on her side. It was not long before the welfare group was able to find a forever family for Chi-chi. They had to fly her out of South Korea to Arizona to be with the family of Elizabeth and Richard Howell.
The Howells have always chosen to adopt rescue dogs, having three rescue dogs in their family already. Chi-chi’s story stuck with them, and they just knew they needed to take her in.
Because of her operation, Chi-chi’s legs had to be in bandages. Wearing this alone means the poor dog cannot stand nor walk. The vets from Korea provided prosthetic legs to Chi-chi, but it only worsens the pain as it did not fit properly.
Thankfully, the Howells were able to raise enough funds to have customized and fitted prosthetic legs for Chi-chi. Now, the sweet dog can walk around like a normal dog and is living her best life, a life that is far from what she could have faced back in Korea.
Special thanks to the Howells via Chi-chi’s Facebook page for the photos.