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Afghanistan Military Dogs Left Behind As NonProfit Scrambles To Save Them

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on August 31, 2021

At first, there was a dispute when working dogs in Afghanistan allegedly got seats on planes over humans. But as it turns out, not all dogs got to fly to safety. A new image on social media revealed that many Afghanistan working dogs are all alone in kennels near an abandoned helicopter. If they don’t get help soon, they could die or suffer from torture.

These dogs served in our military with as much dedication as their handlers. They deserve a much better fate than this. Luckily, animal organizations are already trying to find a way to save them.

Dogs left in Afghanistan
Image: @VetSheepdogsUS/Twitter

A Horrific Death Sentence

Animal rights advocates have described this situation as a death sentence for the dogs in Afghanistan. All U.S. troops reportedly left Afghanistan on August 30th, 2021, but 51 contracted working dogs didn’t make it on the transport.

“It sickens us to sit idly by and watch these brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse,” said Dr. Robin R. Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “In order to prevent this tragedy from occurring, these K-9s should be loaded into whatever cargo space remains and flown to safety.”

Luckily, help is on the way. Joshua Hosler, the president of Veteran Sheepdogs of America, is doing everything he can to ensure that these working dogs are safe. The organization started raising money for a 737 plane out of Kabul, which costs about $1.67 million. They hope to also rescue some people from Kabul on the same plane.

Military dogs in crates
Image: @VetSheepdogsUS/Twitter

There’s Still Hope

The nonprofit announced that the dogs are being cared for in their crates and are provided with food and water. So, they’ll be safe while Hosler tries to gather enough funds for their rescue flight.

A rescue organization pledged $500,000 to this fundraiser, but the donation fell through. While it’s frustrating, Hosler is still confident that they can raise the necessary funds. The last update that the organization shared stated that they were up to $1.4 million so far.

“51 contracted military working dogs are safe & being cared for in their crates. We had all funds for the plane, but an animal rescue org fell through. So we are scrambling to cover their amount of $500,000 of the $1.67 million,” Veteran Sheepdogs of America wrote on Twitter.

There’s still some conflicting information on the situation, but those dogs need someone to save them. Hopefully, they’ll get justice soon!

Featured Image: @VetSheepdogsUS/Twitter

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