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PHOTOS: Dog's legs amputated after being rescued from meat market, adopted by US owners

18 March 2016, 19:49

Los Angeles – A 2-year-old golden retriever mix named Chi Chi has found a new home in Arizona after being tortured and left for dead in a trash bag in South Korea.

Rescue workers from Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME) spotted the moving black garbage bag outside a meat market in the countryside. A dog was found inside, legs bound tightly with wire, bones and tendons exposed.  Chi Chi was taken to a veterinary clinic and it was determined that all her legs needed to be amputated due to the severe infections from the rotting flesh.

“We weren’t even sure she was going to live. The infection in her legs was so horrific, it had eaten away her legs and it [had spread] throughout her whole body,” said Shannon Keith, president of ARME.

According to ARME, the dog was hung upside down and tortured every day, under the belief that the meat would become tenderer. Once the sellers noticed her legs were rotting and therefore rendering her meat useless, she was discarded in a dumpster.

Despite having all four legs amputated, Chi Chi survived. She was also fitted with prosthetics shortly after.

Keith said that Chi Chi was in high spirits after her surgery, smiling and wagging her tail, reported Dodo.

“A couple days later, she even started walking on her little stumps,” continued Keith.

ARME posted Chi Chi’s journey on social media, which caught the attention of a US-based family in Arizona. The Howell family expressed interest in adopting the dog.

Two months later, Chi Chi was flown to Los Angeles and taken to her new home in Phoenix.

“When it came down to it, the biggest need was that she needed a place to live,” said Richard Howell.

“I think ultimately as we progressed with her story, we just felt a connection with her. Chi Chi is different. She might actually change the world.”

(ARME, Facebook)

AP reported in 2014 that dog meat trade still exists in South Korea; however, consumption of the meat is decreasing due to younger generations’ aversion to it.

“People are very surprised that dog meat is still eaten in many parts of the world, even the United States,” said Keith.

Watch a video of Chi Chi's recovery here:

- News24


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