Da-Haeng is a survivor of the Korean dog meat trade. He’s a brindle Korean Jindo dog approximately two years old. One eye needed to be removed, he has very little sight in the other and he’s currently being treated for heartworm.
Otherwise, he’s a healthy and very well tempered dog who loves people and gets along well with other dogs. He sometimes suffers from nightmares, which is understandable when you hear his story.
Da-Haeng was one of the thousands of dogs destined to be slaughtered in South Korea to make dog meat soup during Boknal, the hottest days of summer. A noose was tied around his neck and he was hung while being beaten about the head.
He somehow managed to escape the noose and fell hard on the floor. Blood was streaming from his eyes, which were severely damaged during the beating. He managed to escape, but was now dying and in dire need of medical attention.
A bystander eventually found the battered pup and turned him in to a shelter, where he waited 10 days for medical treatment. Due to his poor condition, it was looking like he would need to be put down. No sooner had he escaped the noose, than he found himself on death row once again.
Da-Haeng is a Real Survivor
Thanks to the compassion of some incredible Korean animal advocates, Da-Haeng escaped death a second time and received the treatment he desperately needed. One of his eyes needed to be removed and the other is almost completely blind. He is also receiving treatment for a very bad case of heartworm.
Korean Jindo dogs are known for being very loyal and loving. Despite his horrific experiences, Da-Haeng is no exception. Most Koreans, however, don’t want to adopt large dogs, especially those like Da-Haeng with such a history of abuse.
We are deeply grateful to Yoon-Jung Yu, our colleague in Korea, for rescuing and caring for Da-Haeng. Now we need to bring this wonderful dog to Canada and get him adopted into the loving forever home he deserves. Needless to say, however, this dog comes with serious medical and trauma issues. He requires a special kind of family with the patience and love he needs.
Photos by Yoon-Jung Yu