Ousted South Korea president accused of abandoning two dogs, seven puppies

The chairman of South Korea's third largest conglomerate SK Group was questioned again by the prosecution Saturday in connection with a corruption scandal that led to the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye.

According to local newspaper Donga Ilbo, Park was given two Jindo dogs, the South Korean breed of hunting dogs, as a gift by a neighbour when she entered the Blue House on February 25, 2013.

FILE - This Sept. 20, 2015 file photo provided by South Korean Presidential Blue House shows then South Korean President Park Geun-hye with dogs at the presidential blue house in Seoul, South Korea.

The SK chief, along with dozens of other business leaders, is suspected of offering donations to two sports foundations controlled by Park's longtime friend Choi Soon-sil in exchange for favors from the former Park government. "[Park] acted badly in pledging to adopt abandoned dogs before her inauguration as President, only to leave nine abandoned animals after she left office, but it is a worse idea still to have those animals live the even worse life of breeding dogs", the statement said.

According to USA Today, the embattled president had two jindos (a Korean breed of hunting dog) which were given to her by a neighbor in 2013. "The ownerless Jindo dogs left at the Blue House should be adopted by families and allowed to go on walks happily as pets", they said. But this week, her image found a new bottom when an animal rights group accused her of abandoning her nine puppies when she left the presidential palace. The dogs recently gave birth to seven puppies.

To be fair, it seems like a bit of a stretch to say Geun-hye's treatment of her dogs violates the country's animal abandonment law when they have a whole staff of people to care for them.

In its historic ruling, the court noted Park had systematically and continuously aided her friend in the latter's pursuit of personal gain.

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