"Since they range from small, 'backyard' farms to large-scale, intensive facilities with thousands of animals, it's hard to know how many individual farms are in South Korea, but we do know that more than 2 million dogs are raised on these farms throughout the country every year," said Kelly O'Meara, director of companion animals and engagement at HSI.
Only a puppy
As one of the 50 dogs being rescued that week, Juna's roughly four months on Earth were nothing but life in a rusted, metal cage. South Korean winters mirror those of New York City, according to Park, with a lot of snow, harsh winds and freezing temperatures.
Juna and the other dogs were housed in open-sided structures with walls of plastic sheeting. "When we first met her, she was huddled with her mother and siblings for warmth, standing awkwardly on wire flooring," Park said. "As we lifted her out of her cage, she was almost listless and wouldn't make eye contact with any of us."