About thirty military working dogs were discovered in a section of Kabul airport that was operated by the US military and Afghan police. A team of local dog handlers rescued them and took care of them.”
Are they the forgotten ones of the evacuation of Afghanistan by the US armed forces and their allies? The Pentagon assures that this is not the case, and there are now more questions than answers about dozens of military working dogs left at Kabul International Airport, reported the Irish media RTE on Monday, September 13.
The discovery was made by Hewad Azizi, a dog handler in a private security company. This was deployed at the airport until the departure of foreign soldiers completed at the end of August after the return to power of the Taliban.”
He found 30 dogs in areas of the airport that were employed by the US military and Afghan police. He and his team tested the canids to determine their specialty, finding that most of them were trained in explosive detection.”
Hewad Azizi and his fellow dog handlers have transferred the quadrupeds to their premises, where they take care of them and continue their training. They hope to get them to work at the airport again when it reopens.”
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The PETA association had already expressed its concern about the working dogs left on the spot at the end of the evacuation. It evoked 120 animals thus abandoned to their fate and called on President Joe Biden to act immediately, because they were suffering from the heat, without adequate access to food and water.” John Kirby, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense, was keen to deny in a tweet the erroneous reports, saying that the U.S. military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs.
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Hewad Azizi, he continues to work with dogs, including a Belgian Malinois Shepherd called Rex and to whom he makes do daily exercises. A great complicity has already been established between them, while waiting for Rex to resume service.”