Pocket is one of the 103 dogs that was rescued from a meat farm in South Korea about a month ago. While living there, these dogs endured horrible and disgusting conditions. They spent their entire lives in raised metal cages of 18 inches in which they were barely able to stand because of the gasps these cages had in the base. Their feet got deformed because of the lack of flooring. Under the cages the ground was full of their feces that nobody bothered to clean up. I guess that was why the cages had those holes in the bottom.
They were fed with intestines and maggots once a day and they never drank any water. These dogs never saw or felt grass, never had a proper meal, never chewed a stick and never had anyone pet them, play with them and love them. The females were used for multiple breeding and kept in a separate area with their puppies.
These dogs were destined to supply meat traders in the markets, until the Humane Society International closed this farm down and sent these dogs to the United States where some of them have already found a home and some of them are waiting for one.
The battle is not over. Millions of dogs are bred and killed every year in South Korea and many more dog farms still exist. The Humane Society International is helping these farmers transition from dog farming to growing crops so they can have an alternative and not return to this practice.
After what these dogs endured, they require a lot of love, patience and training so their recovery process is successful and they can find their forever homes.
Pocket’s case is an example that the happiness of these dogs is possible. Martyn Stewart was invited to document the closing of this meat farm and while there, he decided to take one of the broken dogs and give him a home.
Even though he still has nightmares at night and gets scared at new sounds, Pocket is starting to live his life to the fullest thanks to Martyn Stewart’s patience and love. Stewart has also grown actively involved in the road of closing these farms. He is working closely with the Humane Society International, helping them raise funds and keeping an eye close to the matter. He created a Facebook page for Pocket not just to share his progress as a free dog, but to raise awareness.
In the video below, the rescued pup experiences grass for the first time in his life. If you want to watch more, you can also visit Martyn Stewart’s YouTube Channel. There you can find more videos of Pocket, including one in which he chews a stick for the first time that is also worth watching.