Dozens of dogs facing slaughter after being abandoned to the mercy of Taliban as US troops flee Afghanistan
DOZENS of dogs face being slaughtered by the Taliban after being abandoned during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Heartbreaking pictures show the pooches been left at the terror group’s mercy at Kabul airport after the final US jet left Kabul last night.
The dogs are being cared for by Kabul Small Animal Rescue, which had planned to evacuate the animals.
A statement issued on its behalf by animal rescue organisation SPCA International, said efforts are underway to safeguard 130 dogs.
Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, founder of Kabul Small Animal Rescue (KSAR), had been forced to leave them at airport.
According to SPCA, the dogs were not allowed on board military aircraft and private charter aircraft were not allowed into Kabul to rescue the animals.
“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,” said the SPCA.
“They were not given access to the flight we had secured to transport them out of the country.”
The SPCA said Kabul Small Animal Rescue is attempting to track down the dogs released.
“We are heartbroken that the aircraft we secured to transport the rescued dogs of Kabul Small Animal Rescue out of Afghanistan were not ultimately allowed to take the animals and their caretakers safely out of the country,” said Lori Kalef, Director of Programs at SPCA International.
“Our team has been working around the clock and has exhausted every possible option and resource we could in our mission to rescue the dogs before the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“We’ll continue to do everything we can to evacuate Kabul Small Animal Rescue’s staff and animals from the country after August 31.
“We cannot thank our supporters enough for everything they’ve done to help the dogs and cats of Kabul and their caretakers.”
It had initially been thought the dogs were services dogs but that was denied by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
“To correct erroneous reports, the U.S. Military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs,” he tweeted.
“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under our care.”
It comes after Pen Farthing landed safely in London Heathrow on Sunday with his 173 dogs and cats.
But the Nowzad Dogs founder, 52, has said he feels “no joy just guilt” after fleeing Afghanistan without his staff as he revealed the Taliban stabbed one of his dogs.
Nearly 200 animals he was travelling with from Kabul will now have to quarantine under UK law – although some could be put down if they are found to have any diseases.
Pen’s wife Kaisa was evacuated out of Afghanistan last week on an almost empty plane and finally arrived home on August 19.
She and a pregnant American friend had to push their way through a sea of men, women and children to get to an access gate.
But it took six days to get the correct paperwork for Pen and after one failed attempt to board an evacuation flight, he finally made it out of Afghanistan at the weekend.
Pen packed 125kg of dry pet food, 72 tins, 270 litres of water, 12 industrial size rolls of paper towel and 20 bottles of disinfectant for mucking out the crates during the private rescue flight.
But he said five cats died on the journey to the UK – and one of the dogs was stabbed when, Pen believes, they drove through Taliban checkpoints to Kabul airport.