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World Animal Protection responds to 24 dogs ‘culled’ in Kuwait
June 21, 2016, 11:20 am

A spokesman for the World Animal Protection, an international non-profit animal welfare organization, released a statement regarding the death of 24 dogs of the K9 Division of a private security company on Thursday, June 17 in Shuaiba.  The photos showing their deaths that were circulated on social media, were met with outrage and calls for an investigation.

The spokesman said, “The images circulating on social media of the 24 dead dogs are extremely difficult viewing. We do no not know the exact circumstances that have led to the killing of these dogs, but we would stress that the culling of seemingly healthy dogs is not acceptable.

The statement continued, “This company need to take responsibility for the care of dogs in their workforce, and appropriate retirement plans be in place for when the dogs are no longer fit to work. The dogs should be valued, protected and cared for and not killed because they are no longer of use.
“We urge the governments to strengthen and enforce animal protection laws to ensure this cannot happen again.”

According to news reports, a concerned Kuwaiti citizen, Esmail Al Misri, has lodged a criminal case that is pending investigation by the authorities.

Speaking to the Arab Times, he shared that the killing was seemingly motivated by revenge because workers had not been paid their salaries since April 2016 on account of a contract being revoked. Photographs circulating on the internet show the sickly frames of some dogs, casting speculation on the conditions they were kept in. “We know how dogs that are well-fed and well taken care of look. The photos were taken immediately after the incident so we can rule out dehydration as a cause of their sickly state”, Al Misri stated.

He expressed concerns that a further 90 dogs were awaiting a similar fate and hoped that intervention would come in time. 

The Arab Times contacted the security company and an employee, familiar with the situation and speaking on the condition of anonymity, stressed that a lot of falsehoods were being spread online. He revealed that while handlers had not been paid for two months and a contract had been lost, there were other contracts in play and the dogs had been humanely euthanized solely for medical reasons.

He revealed that the selected dogs put down were old and retired from service as they suffered from a host of medical conditions including tumors, cataracts, chronic diarrhea and hip dysplasia, while some were too aggressive. He claimed that the dogs had received medical examinations from vets and were diagnosed with these issues two years ago.

He also stated that the company had explored other alternatives and contacted animal welfare societies in Kuwait to facilitate the adoption of the dogs but all these attempts were unsuccessful. “These dogs were suffering in the condition they were in. In my opinion, this should have been done a year ago”, he said. He shared that in the past eight years, two dogs had been put down when their aggressive behavior had become a liability while others had died of natural causes.

He did concede that mistakes had been made and the company was caught off guard in this situation, “The Company had taken steps to euthanize small groups of dogs over a period of time but a member of our kennel staff jumped the gun and euthanized them all at once. He has been terminated for going against the procedure.”  The executive strongly denied allegations that more dogs will be put down.

Source: Arab Times, KuwaitUptoDate

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