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Update: U.S. Military Left Service Dogs Behind in Afghanistan

Update: Pentagon press secretary John Kirby denied reports that American military dogs were left behind in cages at the Kabul airport in a tweeted statement on August 31 that said "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."

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After the last U.S. flight departed from Afghanistan with the remaining service members, military service contract working dogs were allegedly left behind, prompting outrage from American Humane, an animal rights group.

"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," American Humane CEO Robin Ganzert said in a statement. "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."

"It sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse," the statement continued. "In order to prevent this tragedy from occurring, these K-9’s should be loaded into whatever cargo space remains and flown to safety."

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The group called on Congress to "classify contract working dogs on the same level as military working dogs" and warned that a failure to do so would be a "failure of humanity and a condemnation of us all."

American Humane also expressed their willingness aid in the transportation and lifetime medical care of the dogs.


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