The Pentagon has denied that its personnel abandoned some of their dogs at the airport in Kabul as the U.S. military completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"To correct erroneous reports, the U.S. military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby wrote on Twitter.
Kirby added that photographs posted on social media had showed dogs in an Afghan animal shelter that were not under the responsibility of the U.S. military.
Animal rights group PETA, citing "inside sources," earlier said that 60 bomb-sniffing dogs and a similar number of other "working dogs" had been left behind and were "suffering in the heat without adequate access to food or water."
"PETA is appealing to President Joe Biden -- and encourages everyone to do the same -- to take immediate action," the group said.
The United States completed its withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on August 30 just ahead of the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks that prompted the U.S.-led invasion and long, bloody war.