Protect U.S. Bomb-Sniffing Dogs from Abuse

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The U.S. Department of State has been sending trained bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan and other countries in the Middle East and elsewhere in an effort to combat terrorism overseas.  Unfortunately, these animals face extreme neglect and abuse by their foreign handlers and at least 10 have died in Jordan alone as a result of mistreatment over the past few years.  The State Department has provided little to no oversight of the canine program and has been negligent in its duty to protect these dogs.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) opened an investigation into complaints about the welfare of the dogs and has since recommended that the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security cease the practice of sending dogs to Jordan. The Bureau declined to follow the OIG's advice, stating that the dogs are urgently needed to assist in security efforts, apparently oblivious to the fact that a malnourished or injured dog cannot perform the duties for which it was trained.

We demand that the State Department immediately cease deployment of bomb-sniffing dogs to Jordan and other countries, arrange for independent inspection of all facilities where these animals are currently deployed, and return home any dogs that show any signs of mistreatment.