Pentagon Clarifies Whether U.S. Military Dogs Were Left to Die in Afghanistan

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Posted: Aug 31, 2021 12:30 PM
Pentagon Clarifies Whether U.S. Military Dogs Were Left to Die in Afghanistan

Source: AP Photo/Ed Andrieski

UPDATE II: 

UPDATE: New video shows contractor dogs roaming the airport in Kabul after the Biden administration officially ended the war in Afghanistan Monday. 

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The Pentagon is responding to reports the United States left behind a number of military working dogs at Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul after abruptly leaving Afghanistan on Monday. 

"To correct erroneous reports, the U.S. Military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs. Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under our care," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said Tuesday. 

The Military Working Dog Team Support Association is backing the Pentagon's account. 

On Monday evening the American Humane Society accused the U.S. government of leaving the dogs behind. 

“I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave U.S. military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies.  These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned. This senseless fate is made all the more tragic, as American Humane stands ready to not only help transport these contract K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil but also to provide for their lifetime medical care," American Humane CEO Robin Ganzert released in a statement. 

"American Humane has worked hand in hand with the military for more than 100 years to rescue military animals. In fact, our famed rescue program began on the bloody battlefields of WWI Europe, at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War. Since that time, American Humane served as a pioneer in the development of animal therapy for returning veterans, and today brings home retired military working dogs and pairs veterans with life-saving service dogs," she continued. "As the country’s first national humane organization and largest certifier of animal welfare in the world, it sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse."

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