Police dog buried with honors in South Korea
South Korea, a country in which more than two million dogs a year continue to eat, honored the memory of a German police shepherd who died while being executed after being bitten by a poisonous snake.
Larry is a seven-year-old police officer. He participated in a campaign to search for a missing person when he was bitten by a snake on his left hind leg.
He is the first of all police dogs in South Korea to die while on duty.
Tracking evidence, Larry has helped solve 39 crimes and has been involved in 170 search operations since launching in 2012.
Last year, thanks to him, a murder case was discovered - the dog discovered a woman’s body buried 70 cm underground not far from a pedestrian hiking path.
One of the policemen reported that a funeral was organized for Larry, and his body was cremated. On his photograph, posted at the funeral and surrounded by flowers, there was an inscription that read "Enjoy your travels in paradise."
The police station also ordered a bronze plaque that lists Larry's achievements. She will be hanged during a special ceremony scheduled for September.
Such a warm attitude towards the dog contrasts strongly with how they are treated throughout the country. Boiled dog meat has long been an indispensable part of the South Korean diet and is considered a real delicacy on this peninsula.
About two million dogs are killed annually in South Korea for food, equivalent to about one hundred thousand metric tons of meat consumed by residents.
In July this year, a South Korean court in Bucheon issued the first ever decision regarding this issue - a dog breeder was convicted of killing these animals for the purpose of eating their meat. But the owners of dog farms and slaughterhouses are very unhappy with this decision.
As for Larry, the ceremony, during which they will salute him, will be held in September.