UPDATED 9:51 AM PT – Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Dozens of American military working dogs were left behind in Afghanistan. According to reports on Monday, a non-profit organization said 51 dogs were left at the Kabul airport after the U.S. finished its withdrawal from the region.
Former U.S. Navy SEAL and former FBI agent John T. Gilliam said that the order to leave the working dogs behind came directly from the Pentagon. He asked, “who are the contractors and who are the people in the chain of command that did this? How much more does America need to trim this tree?”
— Jonathan T Gilliam (@JGilliam_SEAL) August 31, 2021
Efforts to save the dogs are being made by the group Veteran Sheepdogs of America who called the whole situation a mess. They have raised over $1.5 million so far to secure a flight out for the service members.
UPDATE!!!! Our efforts of rescuing has expanded to 46 military working & now we are coordinating with our contacts & flights to get the dogs and rescue people out of Kabul on same plane.
Thank you for all your help! This is a mess! #Afghanistan https://t.co/3vaYMaMAyd pic.twitter.com/OAtPXANxb6
— Veteran Sheepdogs of America (@VetSheepdogsUS) August 29, 2021
The group still needs to raise $500,000 of their $1.67 million goal to secure a flight out for the animals. At this time they say the dogs are safe and being cared for.