Every dog has its day – including these pooches that have found new handlers after being abandoned in Afghanistan.
Dozens of canines were left behind in Kabul last month amid the chaotic evacuation of the Taliban-controlled country.
American Humane initially accused the US military of leaving its contract dogs behind, though a military spokesman later disputed the allegation, telling The Post that no “military working dogs” had been abandoned.
“Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under the care of the U.S. military,” US Army Lt. Col. Karen Roxberry, a spokesperson for US Central Command, told The Post last month.
Hewad Azizi, who works for a company handling security at the Kabul airport, told Agence France-Presse that he looked for abandoned dogs as soon as the last American soldier left.
“When I saw (the soldiers leaving), I went to save the dogs,” he told AFP at a makeshift training center at the airport that faces hangars once used for US aircraft and military equipment.
The new handlers told the news outlet that some of the dogs were trained to sniff out explosives.
Azizi said he found 30 dogs, half of them in the area that was controlled by the Americans, and others were discovered in zones that belonged to former Afghan police.
The dogs are now being fed, cared for and trained by Azizi and his colleagues at the security company’s training center.
The Pentagon also denied that the US military abandoned some of its dogs at the airport.
“To correct erroneous reports, the US military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a tweet.
Azizi, whose favorite dog is a dark brown Malinois named Rex, and his group are unsure about the identity of the dogs’ previous owners and are focused on how to put them back to work.
“We have done training with them to find out what they are used for exactly,” he told AFP, adding that they have realized “they are bomb dogs.”
Mohammad Mourid, a supervisor at the center, said: “We train them to see how we can use them. We feed them, give them water, and clean them.”