Service dogs left in Afghanistan
The Pentagon denied allegations on Tuesday that US troops had abandoned dozens of military service dogs in Kabul before leaving Afghanistan for good on Monday.
“The evacuation of US citizens, SIV, and vulnerable Afghans was the top priority task for the US.” The US military, however, did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported’military working dogs,’ “a Defense Department official informed the Washington Examiner, to clarify erroneous claims. “The photos circulating on the internet of animals cared for by the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not canines cared for by the US military.” Despite a continuing difficult and hazardous retrograde operation, US troops made tremendous efforts to help the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as they could. “
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Since 2020, Kabul Small Animal Rescue has affiliated with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
as a “veterinary clinic and non-profit organization that has been assisting animals in Afghanistan.”
The organization ” committed to providing secure, healthy boarding alternatives for its rescue partners, who assist with worldwide adoptions of Afghan cats and dogs,” according to its website. They offer high-quality medical care to owned dogs as well as veterinary treatment, boarding, and adoption alternatives for wounded or orphaned street animals via their veterinary clinic. Their primary goal is to provide the animals in their care with a home-like atmosphere, so they hire nightly personnel to keep their cats company and make sure their canines receive several hours of play and socializing every day via supervised playgroups. “
During the last days of the Biden administration’s Afghan departure,
news rumors started spreading that the military was leaving behind “dozens” of caged service dogs.
That allegation seemed to come from “Veteran Sheepdogs of America,” a Colorado-based charity group, and extensively shared on social media.
The American Humane Society issued a statement Monday evening condemning the Biden administration for the alleged abandonment.
“I am heartbroken to learn that the United States government is departing Kabul,
leaving courageous U.S. military contract working dogs to tortured and murdered by our adversaries
These courageous dogs do the same risky, life-saving job as our military working dogs,
and they deserve a much better destiny than the one to which they have been sentenced, “AHS CEO Robin R. Ganzert wrote. “For more than a century, American Humane has partnered with the military to save military animals. In reality, at the request of the US Secretary of War,
our famous rescue mission started on the brutal battlefields of WWI Europe. Since then, American Humane has been a leader in the creation of animal therapy for returning warriors,
bringing retired military working dogs home and matching veterans with life-saving service dogs. “
“As the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s biggest certifier of animal welfare,” the statement adds,
“It sickens us to sit by and watch these courageous dogs who bravely served our country being put to death or worse.”
“Regardless of the result, this egregious miscarriage of justice must never happen again, as it did in Vietnam.”
To that end, we urge Congress to act to elevate contract working dogs to the same status as military working dogs. Anything less is a betrayal of humanity and a condemnation of all of us.
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