Abandoned Dog Finds New Home at Presidential Office

Write : 2017-05-17 11:29:18 Update : 2017-05-17 11:51:13

Abandoned Dog Finds New Home at Presidential Office

Anchor: An abandoned mutt will become the first dog of South Korea. Living up to his pledge to adopt the little dog called Tory, President Moon Jae-in will bring the mixed breed to Cheong Wa Dae to become the presidential office’s newest resident.
Our Park Jong-hong has the details.

[Sound bite: stray dog facility]

Tory may be the luckiest dog on earth.
Two years ago, the small dark colored mixed breed was abandoned by his abusive owner and given refuge in a dog shelter.
As no one wanted to adopt the dark gray dog, Tory was going to be put to sleep.
But everything changed last month when Tory was chosen for adoption by then presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, who campaigned for animal rights and pledged to adopt Tory if he was elected.
Tory was an unusual choice, as he is not regarding as the most handsome of pooches. But Moon said he wanted to adopt Tory in the belief that both humans and animals have the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination.
The manager at the dog shelter described Tory as a naturally bright and lovable canine.
With almost one in five people owning a pet in Korea, several presidential hopefuls had pitched pledges for animal rights.
As of 2015, estimates show there were 59 thousand abandoned dogs in South Korea. Only 32 percent found new homes while 22 percent were put to sleep.
Animal activists hope that the life-changing story of Tory who went from dog shelter to the presidential office will encourage more people in Korea to consider adopting a dog.
Park Jong-hong KBS World Radio News.

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