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Jun 19, 2014 6:06 PM by Janine Reyes

Dog Rescued From Korean Meat Market Looking for Forever Home

PORTLAND -- A dog slated for a certain horrible death in Korea is now safe and looking for a home here in the Coastal Bend.

J.P., who got his name when rescuers decided he hit the jackpot, arrived here last night after being rescued from a Korean dog meat market.

Gabriela Dalton found him aside about 40 other dogs crammed into cages in the small shop. She initially went looking for two other dogs she saw posted for sale on Facebook at the meat market in Seoul, South Korea.

There, laws are not clear about raising and eating dogs, so the partially illegal dog trade goes unpunished.

Dogs deaths in the trade are brutal.

"They believe that the meat will taste better if the dog is pumped full of adrenaline, so they will beat the dog, they will torture the dog in different ways before it dies," Dalton explained.

Dalton's husband is stationed in Korea, and it's a trade she's seen first hand.

After reading about it and seeing it, she decided to rescue some dogs - in particular a Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel she saw in a photograph on-line.

She never found the pair and figured they had met their fate of being butchered for food. "Then I saw him and another one, and they just, I don't know, they made eye contact," she said, describing how she'd picked out JP and another dog she chose to save.

The other dog made it out of the market, but died of parvo before he could make it back to the U.S.

Dalton did not want to pay for the dogs and contribute to the financial gain of the market she's appalled by, but says it became clear there was no other way to get them out.

Typically, vendors kill the dogs prior to selling them from the meat market. She tells us the vendor said the dogs were not used to people and aggressive.

"Its okay, you're a good girl, you're not aggressive," she said to J.P. In a video shot in Korea.

After being seen by a vet, she shipped him home.

"He flew from Seoul, South Korea to San Francisco, stayed a night there then he went from San Francisco to San Antonio," Dalton described of the trip home that she funded.

Her friend, Megan Foglesong picked him up and brought him back here where Last Chance Rescue will adopt him out.

The goal is to get him a forever home.

"We think a family would be really good for him because he's interested in children and he doesn't show signs of any aggression," Foglesong explained.

Both women say while they realize we have a stray pet overpopulation problem here, they couldn't turn a blind eye to such terrible abuse.

"I'm very emotional every time I see him," Dalton said.

She travelled back just after J.P. and arrived in Corpus Christi today, where her husband's family lives.

"You see something like that you can't just say oh, I'm sorry, good luck, you have to be out there to help," said Foglesong.

To see more pictures and video of Jackpot's rescue and journey home, click here.

The women and Last Chance Rescue are raising funds to rescue other dogs from the meat market.

If you'd like to help with that, or if you're interested in adopting J.P., call Last Chance Rescue at (361) 537-5252.

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