American Humane Condemns Death Sentence for Contract Working Dogs Left Behind in Kabul, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Robin R. GanzertPresident and CEO of American Humane, the nation’s premier national humanitarian organization, today issued the following statement regarding the plight of contract working dogs left to die at the hands of American enemies in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“I am devastated by reports that the US government is withdrawing from Kabul and leave behind us brave working dogs under US military contract who will be tortured and killed by our enemies. These brave dogs do the same dangerous and life-saving work as our military working dogs and deserved a far better fate than they were condemned to.

This insane fate is made all the more tragic because American Humane stands ready to not only help transport these K-9 contract soldiers to American soil, but to provide them with lifelong medical care.

American Humane has worked hand-in-hand with the military for over 100 years to save military animals. In fact, our famous rescue program began on the bloody battlefields of World War I Europe, at the request of the United States Secretary of War. Since then, American Humane has pioneered the development of pet therapy for returning veterans, and today brings home retired military working dogs and pairs veterans with service dogs that save lives.

As the nation’s first national humanitarian organization and the world’s largest animal welfare certifier, it sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who have valiantly served our country being put to death or worse.

In order to prevent this tragedy from occurring, these K-9s must be loaded into the remaining cargo space and transported to safety.

Regardless of the outcome, this gross miscarriage of justice must be prevented from happening again, as it did in Vietnam too. To that end, we call on Congress to take action to classify contract working dogs at the same level as military working dogs. To do anything less is a failure of humanity and a condemnation of us all. »

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