Almost 200 dogs rescued from a meat farm in South Korea are coming to shelters in the the U.S.

WNEM 5 reports that the rescue, facilitated by Humane Society International (HSI), will be bringing 8 of the dogs to Mid-Michigan.

HSI says this is the 14th dog meat farm it has helped to close since 2015.

Nara Kim from HSI told WNEM 5,

“The lines between puppy mills and dog meat farms are routinely blurred throughout South Korea. These dogs are suffering at the hands of two abusive industries, their ultimate fate depending on whether they will sell for more money as a pet or for meat. No matter where the dogs go, the conditions at this farm are horrifying. It is an immense relief to be able to rescue them and find them new homes. For them the nightmare is over, and we hope that by exposing their suffering we can hasten the end of the entire industry for good."

The dogs rescued range from chihuahuas, corgis, huskies, jindos, Yorkshire terriers, poodles, Pomeranians, shih tzus, and French bulldogs.

The animals should arrive in Chicago on Tuesday, February 19, and will arrive at the Humane Society of Midland County on Wednesday.

Shelter director Beth Wellman spoke to WNEM about when the dogs will be ready for adopotion:

"In theory, they're all going to be available for adoption once they get here, but we don't know everything that they've been through. We don't know what their personalities are. So they may need foster care first or decompression time. We're not really sure."

The Humane Society of Midland County can be contacted by email at and by phone at 989-835-1877.

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