English Caption – “S. Korea-Animal Cruelty cases on the rise-10 dogs found dead in Hanam”

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While the number of companion dogs and cats has surged to about 7 million in our nation,

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series of cases of animal cruelty have been cropping up one after another. Min-Jung Cho reports.

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As a man smash a burlap sack with a hammer, there’s a sound of a dog screaming loudly along with a blunt sound.

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The man brandishing a hammer is Jeong (68 years old). He says he did it because the dog was too noisy.

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Jeong/Offender: I killed him because our villagers were complaining of not being able to sleep because of his barking. I didn’t do it to eat him.

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In Hanam, Gyeonggi-do province, more than 10 dogs were found dead within 2 days.

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There were pieces of meat contaminated with pesticides around the dead dogs.

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Owner of the dogs is claiming that the dogs were killed by the owner of farm field because the dogs were entering the field damaging his crops.

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Hae-Seok Kim/ Victim: Pork belly meat contaminated with suspected poison were found in four different places.

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And right next to these contaminated meat were two dead dogs.

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When we asked the owner of farm field, he does not respond.

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Reporter: Did the dogs cause you trouble?

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As these series of animal cruelty cases are occurring one after another, penalties are becoming more severe.

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A representative case is the indictment by the prosecutors of a man in his 50’s who brutally killed his neighbor’s dog with a chainsaw.

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Il-Min Kang / Pyeong-Taek Branch of the Suwon District Prosecutors Office (May 24): Until now, animal cruelty cases were treated as “criminal damage” and only the fine could be imposed

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but now we can demand and the court can sentence prison terms.

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The problem is that recently number of cases of afflicting animals without clear motive is on the rise.

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So-Yeon Park/Director of CARE: Senseless, psychopath-like, bizarre and unnecessary animal cruelty cases have been on the rise recently.

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