American Humane, an animal rights group, condemned the Biden administration after the U.S. military was reportedly accused of leaving its contract dogs behind before pulling out of Kabul.
“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,” American Humane president and CEO Robin Ganzert said in a statement.
The military staunchly denies these claims, calling them “erroneous.”
“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the U.S. military,” Army Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry, a spokesperson for the US Central Command, said an email. “Despite an ongoing complicated and dangerous retrograde mission, U.S. forces went to great lengths to assist the Kabul Small Animal Rescue as much as possible.”