ARK119: 38 dogs rescued from the slaughterhouse need your help!
5 min readSep 9, 2022

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The 2022 National campaign to shut down the dog meat industry, launched on July 16, officially ended on August 13. As a result of our efforts, a total of 6 dog slaughterhouses were identified, raided, and shut down.

ARK119 shuts down a dog slaughterhouse in Yangju!

ARK119 shuts down the dog slaughterhouses in Gimpo!

ARK119 successfully shut down a dog slaughterhouse in Goyang.

All six dog butchers will most likely face criminal penalties. The names of the remaining slaughterhouses on our list will be handed over to the special police and the applicable local government officials.

Finding a slaughterhouse that hides in secrecy is hard, but it’s even harder to catch one while actively operating. We had to wade through the grass, climb fences, cling to tall trees, and stay up all night long to surveil the sites. Even when we managed to actively observe the illegal operations, it was not easy to get the government to relocate the surviving dogs due to the indifference of the administrative officials.

Thank you to the many activists who have been with us throughout this challenging journey. Your actions have helped motivate indifferent officials and dissuade butchers from continuing their activities.

Although the official 2022 National campaign to shut down the dog meat industry has ended, we will now take responsibility for the treatment and adoption of the 39 dogs saved during our campaign. (One dog sadly passed away after being rescued.) We would appreciate your help and support.

We will also create a “Dog Slaughterhouse Shut Down Team.” Pursuing dog butchers from the meat dog auction houses and locating and destroying the slaughterhouses will become part of our regular schedule. Please look for our proposal on this and consider joining this team to help us stop dog butchers and illegal slaughterhouses.
– Lim Yeong-ki, ARK119.

Cost of medical treatment for the dogs rescued from 2022 National campaign to shut down the dog meat industry (Fundraising goal: $16,600 USD)

Shinhan Bank, Account number: 100–035–575352

Animal Rescue Korea 119
Fundraising Code 7 (ex: John Smith 7)

Estimated medical treatment cost: $16,600 USD
– Spaying/Neutering: $5,700 USD (38 dogs x $150 USD)
– Examination fee: $2,850 USD (38 dogs x $75 USD)
– Vaccination fee: $2,850 USD (38 dogs x $75 USD)
– Heartworms and other treatments: $5,200 USD

Will you donate whatever you can to help the rescued dogs?

You can donate by Paypal to the ARK119:

A retriever was rescued from Gimpo Gochon-eup dog slaughterhouse by ARK119. This dog was in terrible shape and was taken to the vet immediately. He still has to endure a painful heartworm treatment. ARK119.

ARK119: We shut down the slaughterhouses, so let’s save as many dogs as possible.

Today, we are moving 10 dogs admitted to the Goyang City Shelter from the dog slaughterhouse we shut down to our adoption center. ARK119 is responsible for 39 dogs rescued from our 2022 National campaign to shut down the dog meat industry. We will do our best to take care of these dogs rescued from the slaughterhouses.

Dogs rescued from the 2022 National campaign to shut down the dog meat industry:
– Gimpo Gochon-eup slaughterhouse: 4 (at foster home) + 3 (hospitalized) + 1 (Retriever hospitalized)
– Taeri slaughterhouse: 2 (1 Passed away, 1 at ARK119 adoption center)
– Toechon slaughterhouse : 6 (at ARK119 adoption center) + 3 (planned for adoption)
– Goyang slaughterhouse: 5 (at foster home) + 10 (at ARK119 adoption center) + 4 (at private shelter) + 1 (foster home)
39 dogs in total

What You Can Do:
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Documentary: Cruel Death of South Korea’s Dogs. Dogs Are Innocent.(한국 댕댕이 잔혹사: 개는 죄가 없다)

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“한 국가의 위대함과 도덕성은 그 나라의 동물들이 어떻게 대우받고 있는지를 보면 알 수 있다.” -마하트마 간디



We are a group of volunteer campaigners who are opposed to dog and cat consumption in South Korea.