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Two South Korean dogs find homes after being passed over

A Sacramento SPCA staff member extends a trusting hand last week to a poodle named Bernie, rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm. Bernie’s hair was long and matted when he arrived.
A Sacramento SPCA staff member extends a trusting hand last week to a poodle named Bernie, rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm. Bernie’s hair was long and matted when he arrived. lsterling@sacbee.com

Two dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm have found homes after initially being passed over during an adoption event last week.

Rick Johnson, Sacramento SPCA chief executive officer, said a poodle mix and a Chihuahua were adopted over the weekend. The two older dogs were initially shunned by potential owners in favor of four jindo puppies, all part of a contingent of 10 dogs rescued by Humane Society International and sent to Sacramento.

The jindo puppies were adopted within an hour of the SPCA’s opening Thursday. Dog lovers began lining up at 5 a.m., and as many as 100 people showed up for a chance to snag the puppies.

While commonplace in South Korea, jindos are rarely found in the United States. Chihuahuas and pit bulls are the most common breeds in Sacramento, according to Johnson.

An older jindo mix, Savannah, will be up for adoption Wednesday. Three other dogs, including Gibson the mastiff, are still adjusting to their new environment. The dogs were raised in cramped cages inside a dark barn and fed animal carcasses, according to Humane Society International. The last three dogs are expected to be placed in foster homes in the next several weeks, Johnson said.

SPCA officials had hoped the publicity about the South Korean dogs would increase adoption rates overall, but Johnson said only 36 animals were adopted over the weekend, below average for this time of year.

But, he said, “There’s a lot of good that comes from people recognizing adoption facilities. The heightened awareness is well worth it.”

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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