Jor­dan, Egypt faulted for deaths of per­son­nel dogs

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Bomb-de­tec­tion dogs sent by the United States to Jor­dan and Egypt got sick and in some cases died be­cause of im­proper care, ac­cord­ing to a State De­part­ment re­port re­leased Fri­day.

The State De­part­ment Of­fice of In­spec­tor Gen­eral rec­om­mended that two U.S. agen­cies stop send­ing the spe­cially trained dogs to the two coun­tries un­til they have plans in place to make sure they are taken care of and mon­i­tored to en­sure their well-be­ing.

The two agen­cies, the Bu­reau of Diplo­matic Se­cu­rity and the Bu­reau of Counter-ter­ror­ism, agreed to the rec­om­men­da­tion and said ear­lier this month they had taken ac­tions to pro­tect the dogs, ac­cord­ing to the OIG. The agen­cies had re­sisted halt­ing the pro­gram when an ini­tial re­port on the sub­ject was re­leased in Septem­ber.

The State De­part­ment has sent more than 200 dogs to var­i­ous coun­tries over­seas to help pre­vent ter­ror­ism over the past 20 years.

The Septem­ber OIG re­port raised con­cerns about Jor­dan and found “on­go­ing health and wel­fare con­cerns among dogs de­ployed to Jor­dan,” which is the largest re­cip­i­ent of the dogs in the ex­plo­sive-de­tec­tion pro­gram. It found sev­eral dogs died or had to be eu­th­a­nized over the past 18 months, in­clud­ing at least two from heat stroke, one from a pre­ventable par­a­site and a fourth from a pes­ti­cide sprayed in or near its ken­nel. The re­port said Jor­dan has agreed to stop us­ing that pes­ti­cide around the ken­nels.

A vet­eri­nar­ian con­sulted by the OIG said the heat stroke deaths were a re­sult of “neg­li­gence and im­proper care,” and not ac­ci­dents.

Nei­ther coun­try had any im­me­di­ate com­ment on the re­port.

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