Still remaining in Afghanistan is Charlotte Maxwell-Jones, founder of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue and the 130 dogs; the efforts to evacuate the group continues. According to the SPCA International, (War Paws, Marley’s Mutts, Animal Wellness Action and Puppy Rescue Mission), the latest update and debriefing occurred on Monday as the last planes left the country.
To briefly review, the suicide bombing by ISIS-K took place last Thursday, August 26, delaying flights and planes entering the country for the purpose of evacuation. On Monday, Charlotte was forced to leave the airport carrying one puppy. Fortunately, she was escorted back to the rescue shelter seven miles away by the Taliban and is currently in no danger.
Charlotte had been successful rescuing 46 working dogs which have been reported to have left with the military. No information has been released to confirm, however the status of 130 dogs is not clear. All that is known is that Charlotte was informed yesterday to release the shelter dogs at the airport that had been awaiting evacuation in traveling kennels and turn them into homeless strays.
Meanwhile the Kabul Small Animal Rescue is hoping to return to the airport to save their dogs and have since requested bags of dog food be scattered around the airport for the dogs to eat.
On July 14, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspended the transport of dogs from Afghanistan and 100 other countries with concerns of the re-introduction of rabies:
“Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries.” Through this notice, CDC is informing the public that, effective July 14, 2021, it is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from:
- countries classified by CDC as high risk for dog rabies; AND
- countries that are NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in high-risk countries during the previous 6 months.
An emergency exemption for the rescue dogs had been submitted, however the CDC has not complied even though the House of Representatives rebuked the CDC and subsequently passed an amendment to restore a proper screening process.
It is noteworthy to stress that the cost of the evacuation of Charlotte and the animals had been paid through donations and a charter flight had been secured for that purpose.
Here is what’s needed:
- We urge the U.S. Armed Forces not to forget the animals of Afghanistan or the people who care for them. We ask them to share the most up-to-date information on the released dogs in Hamid Karzai International Airport and to work with us on options to remove Charlotte and her dogs after August 31.
- KSAR needs continuing support. We will continue to work with Charlotte to use every avenue possible to send funding and logistical support.
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