Arrest warrant for owner of pet shop in Cheonan where 79 dogs were found dead
Yonhap news reported on February 24 that police had applied for an arrest warrant against a pet shop owner in Chungcheongnamdo Cheonan who had severely neglected dogs causing them to die.
Chungcheongnamdo Cheonan Southeast Police station stated on February 24 that on February 20, it had requested an arrest warrant for the pet shop owner (referred to only as “Mr A”, aged 27) on charges of violating animal protection law. Mr A is suspected of neglecting 160 dogs and causing death of 79 of these dogs while operating a pet shop from July of last year in Cheonan Dongnam-gu district.
Many corpses were found in a significant state of decomposition, with their skulls and ribs fully exposed. These dogs were found in metal cages, on the floor and stuffed inside boxes throughout the pet shop.
Of the 80 surviving dogs, some had clearly not been fed for a long time and many have been infected with distemper and deadly parvoviruses. Mr A reportedly admitted to the police that he “neglected the dogs because it was costly to treat them medically or euthanize dogs.”
It is rare for police to file arrest warrants for violations of animal protection laws. In response, one police official said, “We filed for an arrest warrant because we found that the nature of the crime is terrible, causing so many dogs to die for personal monetary gain.”
It was known that the pet shop was also charging fees to people seeking to abandon their dogs, promising to find new homes for them as well as charging well-meaning would-be adopters adoption fees.
On February 20, Korea Animal Welfare Association (KAWA) held a press conference at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, urging the government to “strengthen the management and regulation of companion animal industry before enacting laws to promote (expand) companion animal industry”.
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I’m creating this petition because I was heartbroken at a news report I saw today about the discovery of 79 dead bodies of companion animals at a pet shop. I am raising a dog. I often see people around me who also buy companion animals because they are cute or because they’re curious about raising a dog, but then abandon the animal when they become tired of caring for it. If we do not eradicate such indiscriminate sales of companion animals, we will continue to witness horrors of like this pet shop case and cruelty in puppy mills. The current laws promoting the companion animal industry are unreasonable and don’t address the source of the problem. They are toxic and only encourage criminals who are intent on lining their own pockets through using companion animals. I am requesting an expansion of the relevant governmental agencies and resources to strengthen the current laws to thoroughly regulate the adoption, sale, and abuse of companion animals, and to prevent these animals from being used as bank accounts for criminals. Help the animals that cannot speak for themselves. Please protect them from an agonizing death. Animals are not money-makers for humans.
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