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These Pups Have Arrived In The U.S. After Being Rescued From A Dog Meat Farm

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The dogs were being bred specifically for their meat at a farm in Islan, South Korea, where it's estimated 1 to 2 million dogs are consumed annually.

At this farm, at least three dogs were kept in each small cage, exposed to South Korea's freezing winter temperatures. Most would be killed before their first birthday.

"They live their entire lives there, never taken out of their cages, never handled by people," the Humane Society International's Kelly O'Meara told BuzzFeed News.

In a first for the animal welfare group, the HSI made a deal to buy the dogs from the farm's owner, who was keen to close his doors for good, pull down his cages, and try his hand at blueberry farming.

Twenty-three dogs at the farm would be transported to the U.S. to begin new lives... and they seemed pretty happy at the news.

Touch down! The first 12 dogs landed safely at Washington Dulles International Airport yesterday afternoon, and the others are due in late today.

"It was wonderful to finally have them here," O'Meara said. "It's been a big, long logistical planning exercise trying to get the paperwork, plus the negotiations with the farmer. This is the icing on the cake."

"There were many wagging tails and lots of licks," she said. "It was the first time they've felt comfort and warmth from people."

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