The adoption of Tory stands in direct contrast to Moon’s predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who faced criticism for abandoning her nine Jindo dogs at the Blue House when she was forced from office after a corruption scandal that rocked the country, according to the Korean Herald.
Sadly, animal abandonment is far from abnormal in South Korea. "About one million animals find new owners, but 300,000 are abandoned each year," the president's Facebook announcement stated. "We need to pay more attention to abandoned animals and care for them as a society." In 2015, the number of pets abandoned was estimated to be closer to 800,000.
With Tory's adoption as a pivotal first step, animal welfare activists look forward to Moon Jae-In fulfilling other campaign promises, including a commitment to build playgrounds for pets and feeding facilities for stray cats, reports the Korean Herald.