South Korea's ex-president hounded over
dogs left at Blue House
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[March 16, 2017]
By Jeongeun Lee
SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean animal
rights group has filed a complaint with police against former president
Park Geun-hye for abandoning nine pet dogs in the presidential Blue
House after being dismissed from office.
The dogs are Jindos, a Korean breed of hunting dog known for their
Park left the Blue House presidential complex on Sunday, two days after
the Constitutional Court removed her from office over a corruption
scandal involving big business and financial favors.
She returned to her private home in the upmarket Gangnam district of the
Some neighbors there had given Park a pair of Jindos in early 2013, when
she left for the Blue House. The pair had seven puppies in January this
The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said
on its Twitter account it had filed a complaint against Park on a charge
of animal abandonment.
The Blue House said Park had left the dogs partly because it would not
be good for the puppies to be uprooted from their home and denied they
had been abandoned.
"She told Blue House staff to take good care of the dogs and to find
good foster homes for the puppies if necessary," said a Blue House
spokesman, Kim Dong-jo.
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South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye's pet dogs are seen in
this handout picture provided by the Presidential Blue House and
released by News1 on December 24, 2015. The Presidential Blue
House/News1 via REUTERS
Another animal rights group, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said
it was willing to care for the animals and find them homes.
"We want to help these dogs so that they won't be adopted
thoughtlessly or end up in dog shelters,” the group said in a
The Jindos are native to Jindo Island off the southwest coast of the
(Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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