South Korea’s impeached president left her nine dogs behind when she vacated palace
Impeached South Korean president Park Geun-hye apparently left all nine of her dogs behind when she vacated the presidential palace over the weekend.
Park, named as a suspect in a wide-ranging corruption scandal, vacated the palace and moved into her house in an affluent district of Seoul after her impeachment was upheld Friday by a constitutional court.
A palace spokesman told Reuters that the dogs were left at the palace partly because it would not be good for them to be uprooted from their home.
The nine dogs are all Jindos, a breed known for their loyalty and devotion, and one that the South Korean government has proclaimed a national treasure.
She brought two Jindos with her — both of them gifts — when she took office in 2013.
The pair later produced several puppies, some of whom she kept while others were adopted.
The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Busan Kapca) says Park could have violated animal protection laws by leaving the dogs behind.
South Korea has been run by prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn since parliament voted to impeach Park in December. The country will hold its presidential election on May 9.
Park’s troubles center around a corruption scandal involving presidential aide Choi Soon-sil.
Park is accused of colluding with Choi to extort money and favors from conglomerates. Choi is charged with using her presidential connections to pressure companies to give millions of dollars in donations to non-profit foundations she controlled.
(Photos: Reuters and Facebook)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 16th, 2017 under Muttsblog.
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