Two yellow labradors retrievers and a golden retriever were reportedly set be served as food at a dog meat festival in Asia before being brought to U.S. on Saturday by the owner of an Indiana rescue shelter.
"These dogs were supposed to be somebody's dinner and instead they are now here in the United States and they're going to go to great adoptive homes," said Kathy Martin, president of Lucky Lab Rescue, told WRTV.
Daisy, Canon and Nicon, accompanied by Martin, landed at an Indiana airport Saturday evening.
"To pull these dogs off of that conveyor belt and away from that plane was just so heartwarming," said Martin, who said she has worked with contacts in South Korea to save over 4,000 dogs.
She first saw pictures of dog meat farms two years ago, and the indelible images inspired her to take action, WRTV reported.
"The only way that we can end this is by bringing the awareness, bringing this attention to this issue and hopefully getting other people on board to help save these dogs," Martin said.