A South Korean woman is reportedlyraising over 200 dogs she saved from abandonment or death.
According toMashable, 61-year-old Jung Myoung Sook began taking in dogs 26 years ago after finding several thathad been abandonedin rice paddies for days.
She soon discovered more dogs were about to be sold to dog traders for meat farms andrestaurantsand used her own money to buy them from sellers.
Jungcontinues to rescue stray dogs on the streets and house them with the others in a hillside compound in Asan, South Korea.
The shelter was opened in 2014 after Jung moved seven times due to complaints from neighbors about the noisy pets.
Dogs have only recently become popular pets in South Korea, where 81,000 stray animals — mostly dogs and cats — were sent to public shelters in 2014, according to the Associated Press.
Many of these animals are apparently euthanized at public shelters if they are not adopted or claimed.
My babies aren’t hungry. They can play and live freely here. Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.
Jung’s only sources of income are her job cleaning a store and the recyclable boxes she collects.
She reportedly spends about $1,600 a month on food and medicine, but it appears a great deal of the food comes from donations sent by friends, relatives and strangers.
Park Hye-soon owns a restaurant in the area and has given leftover food to Jungfor four years.
[Jung] lives only for her dogs, without doing much for herself.
Officialsin Asan do not have the responsibilityto inspect Jung’s shelter, so the health of the dogs is unclear.
Jungadmitted some of the dogs diein fights with each other, but she insisted most of them are well-fed and disease-free.
The animals reportedly looked fine during a recent visit fromthe AP.
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