NEW YORK (KDKA/AP) – Forty-six dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea have arrived at New York’s Kennedy Airport to find new homes.

The animals landed late Saturday and were headed for shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The Humane Society International is responsible for saving the dogs that would otherwise have been slaughtered for their meat. Humane Society officials say they awaited death in dirty, dark cages and were fed barely enough to survive. The farm was just north of Seoul, in Goyang, South Korea.

Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team was involved with the effort.

“These animals were found in deplorable conditions, the worst we’ve ever seen, they have never had human contact, they’ve lived outside cold in the cage, when you see the animals, you’ll see the kind of condition they’re in,” Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team representative Jonathan Plesset said.

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The dogs will be available for adoption in the United States. First, the shelters plan to make sure each one is ready for a new life in someone’s home.

The Humane Society has helped save more than 800 South Korean dogs on farms since 2015.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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