Ousted South Korean president accused of abandoning her pet dogs


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  • Ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye has been accused of abandoning her pet dogs
  • She left behind nine Jindo dogs, lovingly referred to as the ‘First Dogs”
  • However, Blue House official denied she abandoned her pets but does not only want them uprooted from the place where they grew up

After being ousted from office, former South Korean president Park Geun-hye faced another complaint; this time for supposedly abandoning her nine pet dogs when she left the Blue House last week.

An animal rights group has filed the complaint before the prosecutor’s office accusing Park of leaving her Jindo dogs behind; thus possibly violating the animal rights law.

Park returned to her home in the upscale Gangnam district of the capital Seoul last Sunday; two days after she was removed from office following a bribery scandal involving her close associate.

But she left behind the Jindo dogs, referred to as the ‘First Dogs”, and are said to be the former leader’s favorite.

The group Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged her with animal abandonment.

However, a Blue House spokesman denied Park abandoned her pets and said she left them behind because it would not be good for the animals to be uprooted from the place where they have lived for a time.

“She told the staff to take good care of the dogs and to find good foster homes for the puppies if necessary,” Kim Dong-jo told Reuters.

Another animal rights group, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said they are willing to take the canines in.

“We want to help these dogs so that they won’t be adopted thoughtlessly or end up in dog shelters,” the group said.

Park is a known dog lover and even named five of her puppies through social media – Peace, Unification, Geumgang, Halla and Baekdu.

This article has been viewed 214 times. Article originally posted: March 16, 2017, 10:20 am (UTC-0). Last update: March 16, 2017 at 10:20 am (UTC-0).

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