A dog who was just days from death in a South Korean meat farm now has a new life with the man who trained the Queen’s Corgis.
Animal welfare campaigner Dr Roger Mugford adopted the scruffy terrier and has named her Shadow because she follows him everywhere he goes.
The pair first met as Roger stood outside the cage where she was waiting to die with five other dogs. She’d never even felt her paws touch solid ground.
He recalled: “I saw her in her cage and I just could not resist her. She had a look in her eyes that said, ‘get me out of here,’ and that’s what we did.
“Shadow had spent all her life in that cage, walking on two inch mesh wire with her tiny feet going through the holes,” said Dr Mugford.
He continued: “You can’t imagine it. They don’t have water, they pump liquid food in and that’s what they eat.
“Outside the cages lie dead rats and puppies. The noise and smell of the terrified animals is utterly heartbreaking.”
But along with seven other dogs, Shadow’s life was spared and she now lives on Roger’s Ruxbury farm in Devon.
Roger, a leading vet and pet psychologist, travelled with Humane Society International, plus Downton Abbey actor and animal campaigner Peter Egan and Lola Webber of Change for Animals to South Korea last Autumn.
They are leading a campaign to change the hearts and minds of Korean people to help them understand that street dogs are just the same as pet dogs.
Two of the animals they brought to the UK are now working at the Medical Detection Dogs centre at Milton Keynes, helping diagnose cancer.
“They’ve gone from being dogs that nobody valued to dogs that everyone values because they are saving lives,” said Roger.
“We want this message to reach people in Korea to help them understand every dog has the same potential.
“It sounds obvious but Koreans believe there are two types, the street dogs that you have to eat and kill and impose any amount of unkindness on them with no protection in the law.
“Whereas pet dogs are protected by similar welfare legislation to we have here.
“You cant beat them in the street or kick them and do horrible things to them if they’re pets, but if they’re meat dogs, they are electrocuted, beaten, starved, and boiled alive.”
Shadow is loving her new life here, following Company of Animals founder Roger wherever he goes and enjoying trips to pub beer gardens with him and Peter Egan.
Roger said: “She has had to be completely resocialised but she has settled in fantastically and loves coming with me to the office or to the pub where people make a fuss of her.
“We believe every dog should be happy in a loving home and hope her story will reach where she came from and help change attitudes towards animals.”
A version of this story also appeared in the Sunday Mirror.