CARE is reopening a 5 month old animal abuse case involving a Buddhist monk and a Jindo dog, named Jang-goon.
On December 14, 2011, at 02:14 AM at a temple near ‘Choen yong sa’ in Choup-dong, Jean-gu, Busan, a Buddhist monk stumbled into an alley. He heard a dog barking behind the wall, and climbed over it.
After climbing the wall, he made his first attack on Jang-goon.
Moments later, the monk grabbed an ax from the temple 30 to 40 meters away.
He climbed over the wall again and struck Jang-goon twice in the head with the axe.
Jang-goon’s skull was fractured and he was rendered unconscious.
The monk hit him repeatedly even after the dog collapsed.
Jang-goon’s owner is in his 70′s.
He had been living alone with Jang-goon for over 10 years. Jang-goon was like a loving son to him.
Jang-goon’s owner immediately reported the attack to the police, but no charges were made because the police said that a monk would get little or no punishment.
Jang-goon was left on the ground to bleed all night long. He didn’t receive medical treatment until he was found by his owner the following morning.
He was immediately brought to a nearby pet hospital, but it was too late.
Jang-goon was euthanized and the owner held a funeral for him.
The chief priest of ‘Choen yong sa’ said the monk who attacked the dog was not well known.
His Buddhist name is ‘Gwang-woon’ and he had been living in the temple for just a few days at the time of the attack.
CCTV footage of the incident was only recently released to CARE.
CARE has filed new charges against the monk and is planning to protest against this horrific crime.
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