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Like most parts of Asia, a dark side exists – the dog meat market located in South Korea stands as one of the greatest controversial businesses left standing. Dogs are reportedly hanged and slaughtered for meat akin to how butchers treat livestock. Animal welfare organisations have been petitioning all over the world to reduce and halt animal cruelty exhibited by the market’s sole existence, but to no avail. Meet Chi Chi, a Golden Retriever who survived animal cruelty.
Deemed unwanted, Chi Chi was originally abandoned in a garbage bag disposed by a stall owner in the meat market.
At the mere age of two, Chi Chi had her legs bound and hung tightly upside down in a bid to ‘tenderize’ the meat on her.
Unfortunately, Chi Chi was left untouched, neglected and bounded for too long – the materials used to bind her have started to be contaminated with bacteria. The bacterium present caused severe infections which ate at her skin tissues, leaving Chi Chi’s legs disfigured with nothing more than layers of dead skin and bones.
Luckily for Chi Chi, ARME came to her aid.