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The United States, in its hasty withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan, has reportedly abandoned dozens of contract working dogs, according to an animal welfare group.

American Humane, a nonprofit group headquartered in Washington, DC, said the US Army contract dogs were left behind to be “tortured and killed by our enemies.”

“These brave dogs do the same dangerous and life-saving work as our military working dogs and deserve a much better fate than they were sentenced to. It makes us sick to stand idly by and watch those brave dogs who valiantly served our country be put to death or worse, ”organization president Robin R Ganzert said in a statement Monday evening.

“In order to prevent this tragedy from happening, these K-9s must be loaded into the remaining cargo space and transported to a safe place,” Ganzert added.

The organization also called on Congress to take action to classify working dogs on par with military working dogs. “To do nothing less is a failure of humanity and a condemnation of all of us,” the statement read. A working dog is a specially trained dog that performs tasks to help humans. While military dogs are specifically trained for warfare, a contract working dog is typically owned by a private contractor to work alongside these dogs and perform a wide variety of tasks.

As the last soldier left aboard a Boeing C-17 Globemaster after midnight Monday, the United States closed the chapter of its 20-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. President Joe Biden said on Monday evening that since August 14, more than 120,000 people, including Americans and allied citizens, have been evacuated from Afghanistan, the largest airlift in United States history. .

However, the last five military cargo ships that left on Monday left behind at least 100 Americans and thousands of Afghan citizens waiting to flee the country in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

U.S. Central Command chief Frank McKenzie said the latest flights did not include a few dozen Americans who were unable to get to the airport.

“There is a lot of grief associated with this departure. We didn’t get everyone out that we wanted to get out. But I think if we had stayed 10 more days we wouldn’t have got everyone out, ”McKenzie said.

Meanwhile, a former British Royal Marine who campaigned to leave Afghanistan with nearly 200 rescued dogs and cats has left the county safely. A privately funded chartered plane carrying Paul “Pen” Farthing and his animals touched down at London’s Heathrow Airport on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.

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