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    Stray Animals Rescued on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island


    by NTDTelevision

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    South Korean animal welfare groups went to Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday to help injured dogs and cats left behind by their owners who evacuated the island after North Korea's attack last week.

    The artillery shells killed four South Koreans, including two civilians.

    Most of the 1,600 residents fled the mountainous island that lies less than two miles from the disputed sea border and well within range of North Korea's artillery. Now, hungry dogs and cats roam the deserted streets.

    Members of animal welfare groups took food supplies for the animals and administered first aid to the injured pets.

    [Jo Hee-kyong, Korean Society for Animal Freedom]:
    "If you abandon dogs, and they produce puppies without people's care, they will become wild dogs. Then you will have to cope with a social problem with many stray dogs all around Yeonpyeong Island."

    Island residents estimate that there are about 200 dogs and cats on the island.

    Animal welfare workers said they have helped about 50 dogs and 10 cats so far.

    [Park So-yeon, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth]:
    "We helped dogs with serious cuts from shell splinters. We also saved dogs with broken legs and little dogs attacked by other stray dogs."

    Tensions on the peninsula are at their highest levels in recent years since the attack, which was one of the heaviest in the region since the Korean War ended in 1953 in a truce without a peace treaty.