(CBS) — A Chicago area shelter is caring for three dogs that arrived two weeks ago and they’re apparently the first ever to come to Illinois after being saved from meat farms in South Korea, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

All three dogs are between one and two years old. Two males, both mastiffs and a female Korean jindo mix.

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The males are named Clyde and Winnie and the female is named Clora.

They arrived April 29 at Magnificent Mutts Rescue in Hillside, says the shelter’s president Linda Latelle, who says the dogs’ previous home was a dog meat plant in South Korea, liberated by Humane Society International.

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The president of that shelter, Linda Latelle, says the dogs were destined for slaughter in South Korea, and were saved by Humane Society International.

She says she respects the fact that some cultures eat dog meat.

“What I cannot agree on is the torture and the pain and the suffering that a dog has to go through before it dies,” she said.

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Winnie, one of the three rescued dogs.  (Credit: Magnificent Mutts Rescue.)

Winnie, one of the three rescued dogs. (Credit: Magnificent Mutts Rescue.)

Latelle says dogs at the Korean meat plants are tortured before death because the adrenalin is thought to tenderize the meat.