After suffering from neglect and abuse while growing up at a dog meat farm, rescued pup Harriet sleeps standing up because she apparently has not been allowed to sleep properly all her life.
Retrieved from dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, the three-year-old Korean Jindo was shown in a distressing video dozing off while sitting upright, unable to even lay down, Daily Mail reported.
Raised in horrible condition in captivity, possibly inside a cage cramped with multiple others, Harriet got so used to sleeping sitting or standing up.
She was among the 200 dogs saved by the Humane Society from impending slaughter two weeks ago.
On January 20, they were then flown to parts of the US, Canada, and the UK, and transferred to the group’s various animal shelters
Harriet is now recovering at Humane Society’s shelter in Tampa Bay in Florida along with 14 others.
According to the shelter’s staff, they noticed that Harriet didn’t know she could lay down on the placed in front of her.
One volunteer took the time to teach Harriet how to lay down on a bed. Eventually, the dog was able to learn to curl up on top of the blanket.
“Harriet had no idea what a bed was,” said Sherry Silk, CEO of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay told WFLA. “Basically, they were overcrowded conditions, many of them kind of just leaned up against each other.”
She also isn’t used to walking on a leash and she has to be carried from the yard back to the animal shelter.
While already full grown Harriet is underweight and will be placed on a normal diet as soon as she gets accustomed to it. Once given proper nutrition, she is expected to weigh around 35-40 pounds.
“Even though our Korean pups are doing well and beginning to adjust, they are still suffering from the horror they endured,” the Humane Society was quoted as saying.
“These dogs have been on an arduous journey and still have a long way to go, but we are hopeful that wagging tails and snuggly beds will become their norm.”