- Meagan Duhamel is an Olympic pair skater from Canada.
- She and her partner Eric Radford just won gold in Pyeongchang.
- In February 2017, she saved a Korean dog from being sent to a meat farm.
Olympian Meagan Duhamel is pair skater who partners with Eric Radford on the ice—but her best friend back home is an adorable dog she adopted from South Korea.
Duhamel, who recently won gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, saved a mini-dachshund named Moo-tae from being sent to a Korean dog meat farm that turned the animals into a delicacy last February, the New York Post reports.
The vegan figure skater was in South Korea doing a test run for the Olympics when EK Park, the founder of an organization called Free Korean Dogs, drove eight hours to bring Moo-tae to Duhamel. She and her husband and coach Bruno Marcotte then flew out Moo-tae and a second dog—who was later adopted by another family—to Montreal.
According to the Post, Moo-tae’s front legs were a bit misshapen because of the abuse he suffered. In Korean dog meat farms, roughly 2 millions dogs are reportedly locked in cages, beaten or left without food or water each year.
However, since the adoption, Duhamel has shared several photos that show Moo-tae is living a much happier life since moving in with his new owners. In the photos below, Duhamel notes that Moo-tae enjoys practicing yoga and “lounging in the sunshine in the safety of his home.”
Earlier this week, Duhamel thanked the press for all of the new light shed on her dog’s adoption. “A big thank you to all the news outlets that are sharing my story about rescuing Mootae from Korea!” she wrote on Instagram. “Mootae loves his brother Theo, who is also a rescue dog.”
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