Pentagon denies reports of U.S. military dogs left in Afghan cages


Pentagon spokespersons denied allegations that working dogs were left in cages, but some animal welfare groups allegedly left U.S. military contract dogs in Afghanistan “dead or worse.” Said that he was facing.

Robin R, President and CEO of American Humane. Dr. Ganzert issued a statement on Monday condemning the reported decision to leave animals in Kabul.

“I’m overwhelmed by reports that the U.S. government has withdrawn from Kabul, leaving behind a brave U.S. military contract working dog to be tortured and killed by enemy hands,” Ganzat said. Said.. “These brave dogs do the same dangerous and life-saving work as our working dogs, and deserve a much better fate than the dogs they are accused of.”

She described the alleged decision as “meaningless,” and “American humanity not only helps transport these contracted K-9 soldiers to U.S. soil, but also provides their lifelong medical care. I’m ready. “

“We’ve been working with the military to rescue military animals for over 100 years,” Ganzat said. “Take a veteran’s working dog home and pair the veteran with a search and rescue dog.” Added.

“To prevent this tragedy from happening, these K-9s need to be loaded into the remaining cargo space and fly safely,” continued Ganzat. “We call on Congress to take action to classify contracted working dogs at the same level as military working dogs. Doing less than that is a failure of humankind and of all of us. It’s a blame, “she added.

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In a dateless photo, two U.S. soldiers can be seen at a military base in Afghan Armed Forces with a military working dog. (Photo of the US Air Force by Master Sergeant Demetrius Leicester)

Another Working Dog Group, American Veteran Shepherd Dog, Said He is also working to extract military dogs from the country, adding to a Twitter post on August 29, “No matter how confusing Kabul is … worse.” The group posted a photo of the cage left on the surface at Kabul Airport.

A Pentagon spokesperson denied allegations that the military left the dog in a cage.

“U.S. priority was to evacuate U.S. citizens, SIVs, and vulnerable Afghans. However, to correct false reports, the U.S. military to include the reported” working dogs. ” , Did not leave the dog in the cage at Kabul International Airport, “said a Defense Ministry spokesman. Said Washington Examiner. The Epoch Times is seeking comment from the Department of Defense and the United States Central Command.

A spokeswoman added: “The photos in circulation online were not dogs under U.S. military control, but animals under the control of Kabul Small Animal Rescue. Despite the ongoing complex and dangerous retrograde mission, the U.S. military We have made great efforts to support the rescue of small Kabul animals as much as possible. “

On Monday, Supreme Military Commander General Frank Mackenzie confirmed that the last US evacuation flight from Afghanistan had taken place and occupied Afghanistan for 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Officially ended. When the United States began withdrawing earlier this month and late July, the Afghan government and military suffered constant losses to the Taliban before terrorist groups hijacked Kabul about two weeks ago.

Mackenzie regretted that hundreds of Americans were still trapped in Afghanistan and said the State Department would work to evacuate them. The “exact” number isn’t clear, but Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that “hundreds” remained on MSNBC.

“We believe we’ve kicked out the majority of American citizens in tune with 6,000 people,” he says. Said.. “And I think there are probably less than a few hundred people still there, and there were hundreds of others who didn’t want to leave.”

In the midst of a hasty and chaotic evacuation at Kabul Airport, ISIS terrorists carried out a suicide bombing attack that killed 13 U.S. military personnel and acquired more Afghan citizens than last week.

The Epoch Times contacted the United States Central Command or CENTCOM for comment.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

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Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.