Ousted President Park May Face Trial For Abandoning Pets
Impeached South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, may be facing trial for allegedly abandoning 9 pet dogs in the presidential Blue House when she left office.
Days after her exit, a South Korean animal rights group filed a complaint with the police, claiming she abandoned the pet dogs.
The dogs are Jindos, a Korean breed of hunting dog known for their loyalty.
Park left the Blue House presidential complex on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court dismissed her from office over a corruption scandal involving big business and financial favors.
She returned to her private home in the upmarket Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul.
Reuters reports that some neighbours there had given Park a pair of Jindos in early 2013, when she left for the Blue House. The pair had seven puppies in January this year.
The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said on its Twitter account it had filed a complaint against Park on a charge of animal abandonment.
The Blue House confirmed that Park had left the dogs there but denied they had been abandoned.
"She told Blue House staff to take good care of the dogs and to find good foster homes for the puppies if necessary," said a Blue House spokesman, Kim Dong-jo.
Another animal rights group, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said it was willing to care for the animals and find them homes.
"We want to help these dogs so that they won’t be adopted thoughtlessly or end up in dog shelters," the group said in a statement.
The Jindos are native to Jindo Island off the southwest coast of the Korean peninsula.