Pictures of dogs in cages at Kabul’s airport have led to claims that the United States has left service dogs behind.
Animal welfare organizations said the United States had “death sentenced” US military contract working dogs.
The Pentagon claims it did not leave working dogs at Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The Pentagon used the U.S. military when it left the airport in Cabourg after accusing the military of a photo of a dog in an airport cage infected with a virus that caused animal welfare groups to abandon them and kill them. It is pushing back the claim that it left the dog behind.
“To correct the false report, the U.S. military did not leave the dog in the cage at Kabul International Airport, including the reported working dog.” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday.
“The photos in circulation online were not dogs under our control, but animals under the control of Kabul Small Animal Rescue,” he mentioned veterinary and animal rescue operations in the capital of Afghanistan. I explained.
In a statement, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said, “Despite the complex and dangerous retrograde mission underway, the U.S. military has made great efforts to support the rescue of small animals in Kabul as much as possible. The dog that the group took care of is not a working dog in his knowledge, deviation from Kabul, or any ability.
Integrated Task Force-A crisis response that helped facilitate evacuation from Kabul was “Dog [Hamid Karzai International Airport].. The photos in circulation are not those of military working dogs. ” Central Marine Forces Central Command tweeted on Tuesday.. Defense officials said the same to insiders.
State Department spokesperson Told Defense One All working dogs were evacuated. “There was nothing left behind,” they said.
Defense officials told insiders that it was “absolutely wrong” to claim that the United States had left a working dog in the military.
“All our working dogs have left handlers. We won’t leave them behind, otherwise it’s ridiculous to suggest,” another source told USA Today’s Matt Brown. Told.
Military statement continues A strong statement on Monday by Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the animal rights group American Humane, condemns What she called the contract working dog “death sentence”.
“We are overwhelmed by reports that the U.S. government has withdrawn from Kabul and left behind a brave U.S. military contract working dog to be tortured and killed by enemies.”
“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,” Ganzat wrote.
An American humanitarian spokesperson explained to insiders that the group received from individuals on the ground in Kabul, including members of the US military, included contract working dogs in the group of animals left behind.
Statement from SPCA InternationalCiting information provided by Charlotte Maxwell Jones, the founder of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue Team, “Dog and its caretakers are not explicitly allowed to board military aircraft, and many civilian charter aircraft are also at the airport. I wasn’t allowed access to. “
The statement appeared to suggest that the working dogs may have belonged to a group of animals that could not be evacuated, but their particular condition was not clarified.
“Charlotte,” an animal rescue operation, said, “We were informed that most of the KSAR dogs had to be released to the airport on August 30 because the airport was evacuated. I changed it to. “
The U.S. and its international allies have launched an important airlift operation in the wake of the Taliban to evacuate tens of thousands of U.S. citizens, Afghan partners and their families, other foreigners, and equipment and animals from Afghanistan. carried out. Acquisition. However, not everyone who wanted to leave was able to leave.
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