KOREAN BEAGLE PROJECT
Seattle Beagle Rescue was asked to help out with an international effort to bring 13 beagles from South Korea to Seattle. The owner of a puppy mill (raising beagles for laboratory testing) was dying of a terminal illness. He was selling off the remaining breeding dogs for human consumption. A compassionate individual bought them all from the breeder, but could not home them all and was housing them all at the puppy mill. Empathy For Life (A Korean Animal Rescue) got word of this situation offering to help (and thinking it was only 1 or 2 dogs). Through their connections Saving Great Animals, whom Seattle Beagle Rescue has worked with in the past, asked if we could take on these pups. How could we say no?
These dogs had never had any vet care or positive human interactions. They were brought into a boarding facility where they were given color names to identify them and were giving their initial rabies shots (required for US entry) . There were 3 males (4-7 yrs old) and 8 females (2-4 yrs old). Seven of the beagles tested positive for heartworm (completely preventable and curable). Red suffered initial bout of distemper, along with brown (although she exhibited no symptoms) with both recovering. Green also suffered corona, but was medically cleared after spending a couple days on treatment at the vet. None of these pups had been spayed or neutered.