By: Agence France-Presse
South Korean President Moon Jae-In has welcomed a new member into his household: Tory, a black mutt who was reportedly headed for the dinner table earlier than being rescued two years ago.
The pooch’s earlier proprietor was an previous man infamous for abusing canine and consuming them, in accordance to CARE, the animal rights group answerable for rescuing Tory.
Moon, an animal lover who had pledged to undertake Tory throughout his presidential marketing campaign, welcomed the animal dwelling on Wednesday, his workplace mentioned in an announcement, including that it was the first time a rescued dog had made its way to the presidential Blue House.
The adoption comes after Moon’s ousted predecessor, Park Geun-Hye, got here below hearth for abandoning her 9 canine companions when she left the Blue House in shame earlier this yr.
In distinction the new president, who additionally owns a Pungsan searching dog named Maru and a former shelter cat known as Jjing-Jjing, has received reward for adopting the pooch, nicknamed “Moon Tory” by social media customers.
“Moon Tory, in the arms of its father! Tory, please live a happy life!” mentioned a consumer on Twitter.
“Tory, you have met the best owner!” tweeted one other consumer.
A small black and gray mongrel with upright ears and glowing brown eyes, Tory had been overwhelmed and was discovered tied to a rope at an deserted farmhouse exterior Seoul, Moon’s workplace mentioned.
His former proprietor had earlier stabbed one other dog to death, in accordance to an eyewitness who alerted CARE, the animal rights group mentioned.
Moon visited the animal shelter the place Tory was housed in May and vowed to undertake the “so-called ugly dog… on the grounds that all humans and animals hold the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination”.
Moon’s adoption of the mutt, believed to be round 4 years previous, is uncommon as a result of most South Koreans choose to personal purebred canine.
Dogs deemed “ugly” are sometimes deserted and rights teams estimate that some 100,000 pooches are abandoned by their house owners every year, with many ending up at canine meat farms or euthanised.(AFP)