Contract working dogs, according to American Humane, were left to die at the hands of American enemies in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the airport was evacuated shortly after the last U.S. military aircraft left the runway.
“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,” Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane said. “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.”
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. We stand ready to bring them home! Read our CEO @RobinGanzert‘s full statement: https://t.co/IKhBkm4B7a pic.twitter.com/ItFlthDTAi
— American Humane (@AmericanHumane) August 30, 2021
According to SPCA International, Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, the founder of Kabul Small Animal Rescue, was forced to leave the Kabul Airport where 130 dogs were reported left behind by the U.S. military. Maxwell-Jones has been attempting to evacuate them along with the shelter’s staff. Maxwell-Jones was able to rescue 46 of the dogs and several personal pets belonging to fleeing Americans.
WE HAVE 3 HOURS TO SAVE @KSAnimalRescue TRAPPED AT HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE HER AND THE DOGS
Tag @POTUS @VP ask they SUPPORT THE IMMEDIATE EVACUATION of Charlotte and her dogs from Kabul by any means necessary.
— SPCA International (@SPCAINT) August 30, 2021
“… the dogs and their caretakers were explicitly NOT allowed to board military aircraft, and numerous private charter aircraft were not granted access to the airport either,” according to a release from the SPCAI. “Charlotte was informed that most of the KSAR dogs had to be released into the airport on August 30 as the airport was evacuated – turning once rescued shelter dogs into homeless strays.”
One animal activist group, Veteran Sheepdogs of America, said Monday it is attempting to get 51 of the dogs out of Kabul, and earlier today it said it raised about $1.67 million to charter a 737 plane to evacuate the animals. However, the organization said it is still in need of about $500,000.
UPDATE: We are securing PPR papers for extract from Afghanistan for the people that can’t get on Kabul Airfield & remaining funding. The 51 working dogs are being fed & watered. Thank you for all your generosity through this! Please keep praying!https://t.co/3vaYMb4bWN pic.twitter.com/tvMIHT184K
— Veteran Sheepdogs of America (@VetSheepdogsUS) August 30, 2021
Photo: Veteran Sheepdogs of America