Action Alert! Prosecute the couple who left their two dogs tied up in the forest fire, causing one to burn to death and another to suffer severe burns.

People who commit acts of cruelty against helpless animals by exposing them to the clearly foreseeable danger of being burned to death must be held accountable and punished. We saw this heartbreaking case from the Uljin forest fire reported by Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA). Below is a translation of KARA’s post.

From KARA:

We rescued Big Mary, who had to witness Little Mary burn to death in the forest fire in Uljin.

With a strong metal leash and iron stakes deeply rooted in the ground, Big Mary and Little Mary could not escape, even when the owner’s house burned down to the ground. Little Mary ended her life burning to death in the flames. Big Mary escaped the flames as she watched Little Mary, the family she had been with for years, burn in front of her eyes. The wildfire passed, and Big Mary’s life was saved.

KARA’s activists cleaned up the burnt corpse of Little Mary and pulled the leash from the iron stake that held her. We also wanted to release her collar, but it had already melted and could not be separated from the corpse. The carcasses of chickens in the collapsed chicken coop right next door were also taken care of.

Big Mary welcomed KARA activists despite being in such a miserable environment. Her face was swollen badly due to the fire, and even to the naked eye, it was apparent she was seriously injured, so treatment was urgent. On the fourth day after the fire, Big Mary was tied up here for days, even though her wounds were expected to cause her to deteriorate quickly. KARA pursued the owner couple, who said “we will never give her up,” for two days before they would give up ownership of Big Mary.

Big Mary wagged her tail continuously while KARA pulled the metal stakes out of the ground and replaced her metal leash with a light leash. KARA gave Big Mary a new name, ‘Danbi’ (which means welcome rain or much-needed rain in Korean). Danbi is no longer a yard dog living on a 1-meter leash. Now she is unbound to the ground and ready to live with her family.

Danbi flicked her tail and left the house with the activists, stepping lightly. With a gentle and calm demeanor, she was docile all the way back to Seoul. Danbi will be treated well, and a loving family will be found for her. When her treatment is completed, an adoption notice for Danbi will be posted. We ask for your interest in Danbi, the dog who survived the terrible fire. And, once again, we wish the little dog that passed away in the devastating fire to rest in peace.

Activists are taking turns making trips to the Uljin fire area. A team spends 16-22 hours in Uljin, and there is a work vacancy, so it is difficult to upload to social media the relief situation of the Uljin forest fire site in real-time due to the hectic on-site situation. However, we will upload it without missing a beat to help protect the animals. Thank you.

Call for Action

Below is KARA’s post in Korean:

울진 산불현장, 산불로 목숨을 잃은 ‘작은 메리’ 를 지켜봐야 했던 ‘큰 메리’를 구조했습니다.

튼튼한 쇠목줄과 땅에 깊게 뿌리박힌 쇠말뚝으로 인해, 주인집이 불타며 주저앉는 통에도 ‘큰 메리’와 ‘작은 메리’는 도망가지 못했습니다. 그리고 작은 메리는 불길 속에서 삶을 다했습니다. 큰 메리는 몇 년동안 함께 해온 가족이 눈 앞에서 불타는 것을 보면서 불길을 피했습니다. 산불이 지나가고, 큰 메리는 목숨을 건졌다고 했습니다.

카라의 활동가들은 불에 탄 ‘작은 메리’의 사체를 깨끗한 데로 수습하고, 그를 붙잡았던 쇠말뚝에서 쇠목줄을 뽑았습니다. 목줄도 풀어주고 싶었지만 이미 목줄은 녹아내려 사체와 분리할 수 없었습니다. 바로 옆에 있던 무너진 닭장의 닭들의 사체도 함께 정리하여 수습했습니다.

‘큰 메리’는 처참한 환경 속에서도 카라 활동가들을 반겼습니다. 하지만 화재로 인해 얼굴이 많이 부어 있고, 육안으로도 불에 다친 곳이 심각하여 치료가 급했습니다. 화재 발생 4일차, 상처가 빠르게 악화될 것이 빤한데도 큰 메리는 며칠 내내 여기 묶여 있었다고 했습니다. 카라는 ‘절대 못 준다’는 주인 부부를 이틀간 설득해 소유권을 포기받았습니다.

말뚝을 뽑고 쇠목줄을 가벼운 리드줄로 바꿔주는 동안에도 큰 메리는 내내 꼬리를 흔들었습니다. 카라는 큰 메리에게 새로운 이름을 붙였습니다. 바로 ‘단비’ 입니다. 이제 더 이상 단비는 1m 목줄에 묶여 사는 마당개가 아닙니다. 이제 그는 땅에 매이지 않고 가족과 함께 살아갈 준비를 하는 생명입니다.

단비는 가벼운 발걸음으로 꼬리를 살랑거리며 활동가들과 집을 떠났습니다. 순하고 차분한 성정으로 서울로 돌아오는 내내 얌전했습니다. 단비를 잘 치료하고, 단비에게 좋은 가족을 찾아주겠습니다. 어느 정도 치료가 마무리 되면 단비의 입양공지를 올리려 합니다. 끔찍한 화재 속에서 살아남은 개, 단비를 위해 여러분의 많은 관심을 부탁드립니다. 그리고 다시 한 번 처참한 불길 속에 세상을 떠난 작은 개의 명복을 빕니다.

🙏 단비의 구조, 치료, 입양은 소원이를 위한 모금캠페인 기부금으로 진행됩니다. 혹시 기부금 회수를 원하시는 분은 [email protected] 로 [환불 문의] 머릿글을 달아 연락 주세요.

👉 활동가들이 교대로 울진을 오가고 있습니다. 한 팀이 16시간-22시간을 울진에서 보내기에 업무 공백이 발생하고 있고, 현장 상황이 정신이 없어 울진 산불현장 구호 상황 SNS는 실시간으로 올리기 어려운 상황입니다. 다만 놓치지 않고 업로드 해 동물들이 보호받을 수 있는 데 도움이 될 수 있도록 하겠습니다. 감사합니다.

  1. Anu Sipiläinen
    Anu SipiläinenMarch 13,22

    stop dogs and cats eating instantly !

  2. Rosana Trevisan
    Rosana TrevisanMarch 13,22


  3. Diane Kastel
    Diane KastelMarch 13,22

    Those South Koreans, who do not eat dog and cat meat are oblivious to the barbarism going on in their country, and, they are complicit in this illegal activity. It is an, unconscionable, trade which heaps great shame on your country. YOU ALLOW THIS TRAGEDY TO GO ON FOR DECADES! You are an immoral people!

  4. Cheryl Miller
    Cheryl MillerMarch 13,22

    Those poor dogs!! I can’t believe they left them to burn?!? Horrible sick people!! Never allow them animals, make them go to jail and pay a huge fine! Little Mary didn’t deserve such cruel torture!! Thank you for saving Big Mary ‘Danbi’!!

  5. rhona mulligan
    rhona mulliganMarch 14,22


  6. Donna Lewis
    Donna LewisMarch 15,22

    These people are sick in mind and heart.

  7. Melina Aloian
    Melina AloianMarch 16,22

    I just wonder, just when, seriously when this barbaric act will end, doesn’t these people feel anything, any guilt? how could they, just how. i feel sick to my stomach, I’ve been signing petition for as long as i can remember for the consumption of dog meat and cats, my God, this is beyond evil

  8. Melina Aloian
    Melina AloianMarch 16,22

    im thankful to those that saved these precious souls. thank you for saving them

  9. Marilyn
    MarilynMarch 17,22

    God bless these folks who took the time to care for these poor helpless dogs.RIP to the doggies who passed. Let’s sign and get these evil people what they deserve!!

  10. Denise LoRusso
    Denise LoRussoMarch 18,22

    They are sick sick humans – if they EAT DOGS THEY SEE THEM AS DISPENSABLE – SICK BASTARDS!!!!!!GONTO JAIL HEATHENS!!!!!

  11. Simoni Kapa
    Simoni KapaMarch 24,22


  12. Dave Yang
    Dave YangMarch 24,22

    Evil couple that need to be brought to justice!

  13. Marco Salvetti
    Marco SalvettiMarch 26,22

    Please, file the petition with the South Korean government through e-People online!!

  14. R Morgulis
    R MorgulisMarch 26,22

    Shame on Korea,obviously they are not as civilise as we thought.

  15. Stephen Lowry
    Stephen LowryMarch 26,22

    So proud of the people that saved the poor dog

  16. Julia
    JuliaMarch 26,22

    We, as human beings have duty of care, to each other, ALL animals and the planet. IF we fail in this duty, we fail our humanity.

  17. Rebecca Dejesus
    Rebecca DejesusApril 1,22

    how awful! these are not people, they are satans spawn! God bless those that help and care for all animals! thank you to the volunteers and workers who save these beautiful fur babies! those that hurt animals and people have no souls!

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