After the U.S. Military abruptly left Afghanistan, employees of a local security company found dozens of dogs abandoned at the Kabul International Airport. Because of their breed and skills, there were speculations that they were military dogs. But, John Kirby, the press Secretary of the Pentagon, denies these allegations and says the reports are erroneous. He said on Twitter that the U.S. Military did not leave any dogs behind.
According to Hewad Azizi, a K9 trainer and an employee of the security company that works in the airport, the dogs were found in areas previously used by the U.S. Military and in a site controlled by Afghanistan police. However, they cannot fully confirm who owned the abandoned creatures.
Nevertheless, they cannot just dismiss the poor canines, so they decided to take them in.
Determining their skillset
Some security guards with experience handling K9s volunteered to care for the dogs and train them. They have been provided with their facility on the airport grounds where they can train and sleep. The company also gives them daily nourishment to keep them healthy.
The first thing that Hewad and his colleagues did was assess the dogs’ skills. They found out that most of them excel at bomb detection. They will use this information to determine which areas they could use the canines when the airport becomes functional again.
A new life
The security staff is now working hard regularly with the dogs, but they make sure that they all have fun too. They have sorted which dogs would train for drug or bomb detection. Some would be used for security and apprehension.
Once repairs are done at the airport, these dogs will start working. But as for now, they are receiving not just training but also a lot of love. They are cared for and given everything that they need. If they weren’t rescued, it is most likely that many of them would have perished.
Source: South China Morning Post via Youtube