Heath had long been involved with campaigns against Asia’s dog meat industry, but Willow’s story hit her especially hard.
“He was put into a cage and watched dogs get slaughtered in front of him,” Heath said. “He was in line to be killed and his family just walked off with the equivalent of $20 they were paid for leaving him there.”
In addition to the mats and rotted teeth, Willow’s tongue was infected and he was underweight. It took a month of vet care and love in Korea, but by the end of September he and another dog, named after Nami, were on their way to the United States to start their new lives with Heath.