South Korea has a new First Dog!
President Moon Jae-In made good on a campaign promise to rescue a dog, and Tory, a small, black, four-year-old, mixed breed is the lucky lady who will reside in The Blue House (the executive office and residence of the South Korean President).
Tory was adopted from Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE). The rescue saved her from the dog meat farm industry. According to the BBC, “The group rescued Tory from a dog meat farm two years ago, but has been unable to find an owner due to prejudices against black dogs in South Korea. The president says the adoption shows “that both humans and animals should be free from prejudice and discrimination,” [South Korea’s news agency] Yonhap reports.”
According to Yonhap, it is the first time there has been a rescue dog in The Blue House.
Tory will join two other First Pets in The Blue House, a Pungsan hunting dog named Maru, and a former shelter cat called Jjing-Jjing. Here’s hoping Tory and her First Siblings have a happy life in The Blue House together!
(An interesting aside: former South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, drew the ire of many, when days after being ousted from office, she allegedly left her nine dogs behind.)