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Did Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye Abandon Her Dogs?

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace last week after her impeachment decision was confirmed by the constitutional court. Impeached for her involvement in a corruption scandal, Park Geun-hye was the first democratically elected leader of the country to be impeached.

A Seoul-based animal rights group named Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) has accused Park Geun-hye of abandoning her nine Jindo dogs at the presidential palace, when she returned to her personal home in an affluent area of Seoul. Park Geun-hye was originally given a pair of Jindo dogs, Korean bred and known for the loving loyalty and devotion to their master, after she became president. The pair mated, and she kept some of the puppies. Referred to as the “First Dogs,” the former leader was often photographed with her pack.

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The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan KAPCA) says that leaving them behind means she could have violated animal protection laws. Both CARE and Busan KAPCA have offered to find new homes for the dogs.

The palace spokesman denies the claims, however, and says that Park Geun-hye purposely left them at the palace so as not to disrupt their lives in the quick unsettling. According to the spokesman, she asked the staff to take good care of the dogs and to find the puppies good foster homes if they needed to. He claims that Park Geun-hye’s purpose was to do what was best for the dogs.

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It seems that in the wake of the upheaval South Korea is going through as they navigate through the corruption and impeachment and a new president, nine sweet dogs are without their mother, wondering just what in the world will happen to them.

And so do we.


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