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Dozens of bomb-sniffing dogs killed in Kuwait

A Facebook photo shows the bodies of between 24 and 40 dogs piled on top of one another after they were reportedly euthanized due to a contract falling through.
A Facebook photo shows the bodies of between 24 and 40 dogs piled on top of one another after they were reportedly euthanized due to a contract falling through. Facebook

Dozens of American-trained dogs were killed by a Kuwaiti-based company last week, according to multiple reports, though there are conflicting explanations for the deaths.

An Instagram post by the Kuwait Animal Rescue Unit showed the dogs’ bodies piled on top of each other in a narrow hallway and called the action by Eastern Securities of Kuwait a “horrifying animal abuse/massacre.”

“Due to their contract being revoked, they slaughtered 24 of their US K9 dogs whom were trained by USK9 dog training facility which is located in Louisiana, USA,” the post reads. “This security company is an American company which worked with Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). KNPC paid 3000KD (equivalent of $9900)/month) to the security company for each dog.”

But the Eastern Securities of Kuwait said the animals were euthanized due to ongoing health issues, not because of the failed contract.

“These dogs were suffering in the condition they were in,” an anonymous employee told the Arab Times. “In my opinion, this should have been done a year ago.”

He said all the dogs had to be put down either due to aggressive tendencies or medical conditions that included tumors, cataracts, chronic diarrhea and hip dysplasia. He said they had planned to euthanize the dogs in smaller groups but that a member of the kennel staff “jumped the gun,” and has since been fired.

The Kuwait National Petroleum Company said Tuesday that it took no part in the killing of the dogs and expressed regret. A spokesman for the company said they canceled the contract because a third party tested the dogs’ ability to detect hidden explosives at oil rigs and the dogs did not pass the tests.

Following the killing, a Facebook page was created about the incident and against the Eastern Securities of Kuwait company. The page was allegedly started by a former employee, who said she worked for the company for five months in 2014.

“I can not get exact numbers, but the only witness that has exposed this says about 40 dogs,” the Facebook post reads.

The Kuwait Animal Rescue Unit reported that the company still has dozens more dogs remaining at the facility.

Bill Baisey, the owner of Eastern Securities, did not respond to an email Thursday. An email to the company’s general info account was also not returned.

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