An animal rights group has slammed the Biden administration after the US military was accused of leaving its dogs under contract in Afghanistan before withdrawing from Kabul – but the military hit back, calling the reports “wrong”.
“I am devastated by reports that the US government is withdrawing from Kabul and leaving behind brave US military indentured working dogs that will be tortured and killed by our enemies,” said the President and CEO of American Humane, Robin Ganzert, in a statement.
“These brave dogs do the same dangerous and life-saving work as our military working dogs and deserved a much better fate than they were sentenced to. “
Ganzert said his organization “has worked hand in hand with the military for over 100 years to save military animals,” adding that the group “is bringing home retired military working dogs and pairing veterans with assistance dogs that save lives ”.
The animal activist then called on Congress to act.
“We call on Congress to take action to classify contract working dogs on par with military working dogs. To do nothing less is a failure of humanity and a condemnation of all of us, ”added Ganzert.
However, an army spokesperson later disputed the allegation, telling the Post that no “military working dogs” were left behind.
US Army Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry, spokesperson for US Central Command, said in an email that the Army’s “priority mission was the evacuation of US citizens, SIVs and Vulnerable Afghans “.
Roxberry then called the reports “flawed”.
“Photos circulating online were of animals in the care of Kabul Small Animal
Rescue, not dogs in US military custody, ”she said.
“Despite an ongoing complicated and dangerous retrograde mission, US forces have gone to great lengths to assist Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as possible,” Roxberry added.