Why Were 24 Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Killed by an American Company in Kuwait?

In what the Kuwait Animal Rescue Unit called a “horrifying animal massacre,” 24 bomb-sniffing civilian working dogs (CWDs) were euthanized June 17 by an American-owned company in Kuwait.

Disturbing photos posted on Instagram show the dogs’ bodies piled outside their kennels at Eastern Securities of Kuwait.

Why were these two dozen, highly trained CWDs killed? Depending on various sources, it was either because they were sick, because a contract was cancelled — or out of revenge.

An unidentified Eastern Securities employee told the Arab Times the dogs were old and sickly.

“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,” the employee said. He said the employee who killed the dogs has been terminated.

But according to a former employee on the Eastern Securities of Kuwait and Bill Baisey - The Truth Facebook page, the dogs were killed after the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), which was paying Eastern Securities about $9,900 per month for each dog to detect explosives at its oil-drilling sites, cancelled its contract. The contract was terminated, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reports, because the dogs failed to pass explosives detection tests.

Furij Al Furaij, a KNPC employee who is the advisor for Eastern Securities’ contracts, concurred with this former employee. He told WLBT’s Mike Evans he was informed by an Eastern Securities employee that the dogs were killed because the contract was terminated. (KNPC released a statement saying it had no involvement in the slaughter, according to KUNA.)

Since veterinary care and cleaning supplies weren’t covered in the KNPC contract, Eastern Securities was responsible for providing them for the dogs – and often failed to do so, according to Amy Swope, an American who worked for the company from July to November in 2014.

“Over time, healthy, certifiable dogs became unhealthy, and unhealthy dogs don’t work,” she told me. “That is why I was not surprised the company eventually lost the contract. Once they lost the contract, there was no money coming in to pay for kennel cleaners, walking or bathing dogs, food, basic vet care, etc.”

Swope believes that to cut expenses, the company euthanized the dogs it didn’t think would certify, while trying to obtain a new contract or sell the remaining dogs.

There was an extremely sad and horrifying animal abuse/massacre incident at a security company based in Kuwait on June 17, 2016 in Kuwait. 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. 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. Early this morning, a brave lawer, Esmail Al Misri, representing the workers from Nepal at the security company and an avid animal lover, advocate, and rescuer, Mimi Maamoun, went to file a complain at Mina Abdullha police station against the security company. The environment police and municipality registered the case. There are another 91 dogs remaining at the security company. While they abused the dogs by having them on duty for 24 hours without rest, their foreign workers would not dare to speak up and raise any issues with the company as they were also being mistreated and abused. At this point, we as animal lovers in kuwait, USA, and other countries, we need to advocate all the animals by spreading the news and be the voice for these poor animals. We must help save the remaining animals! PLEASE NO DONATION IS NEEDED from/to any individuals or organizations. I will keep you posted as soon as I obtain further information.

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Eastern Securities a ‘Terrible, Terrible’ Company

Baisley, who denies any involvement in the massacre and told the New York Post it was the result of a “conspiracy” against Eastern Securities, has a history of court actions for failing to pay bills and alleged fraud in Kuwait and Iraq. This is why US K9 Unlimited, a Louisiana-based facility that trains bomb-sniffing dogs, stopped doing business with Eastern Securities several years ago.

Roger Abshire, CEO of US K9 Unlimited, told the New York Post he thought Eastern Securities was a “terrible, terrible” company.

If the dogs were killed because of the loss of the contract, Abshire stated that his company’s position “shall be one of absolute condemnation of such a gross and vile act against defenseless animals. … To see these type pictures simply makes all of us here sick to our stomachs.”

There’s another possibility of why the dogs were killed, and if it’s true, it’s reprehensible.

Esmail Al Misri, a Kuwaiti lawyer, and local animal activist Mimi Mamoun believe the dogs may have been killed out of revenge. Mamoun told the Kuwait Times that a friend who handles the dogs at Eastern Securities said they were not killed because they were sick, but to punish 29 handlers who filed complaints with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor because they haven’t received a paycheck from Eastern Securities since April.

Al Misri has asked the local police to investigate the killings and press criminal charges against the company.

Saving the 90 Dogs Remaining at Eastern Securities

Swope and others are concerned about the 90 bomb-sniffing dogs that remain with Eastern Securities, and don’t want them to suffer a similar fate.

You can help by signing and sharing Swope’s petition asking for the U.S. Embassy to step in and save these dogs.

“Signing the petition, getting media attention and putting pressure on our government and the Kuwaiti government seem to be the best approach to getting results,” Swope said.

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187 comments

Lorraine A
Lorraine Aabout a year ago

Eastern securities should be punished for that!

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Justyna L.
Justyna L2 years ago

Tyfs

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Freya S.
Freya S2 years ago

This is horrible, those poor dogs.

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Sam Dyson
Past Member 2 years ago

TY

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Janet B.
Janet B2 years ago

Thanks

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Joanne p.
Joanne p2 years ago

ty

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Bayla D.
.2 years ago

Facts not conjecture, please.....

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Fi T.
Past Member 2 years ago

It is crytal clear which ones are dirty...

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Nina S.
Nina S2 years ago

ty

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jan l.
jan l2 years ago

Under who's watch did this heinous slaughter occur? Who was Secretary of State? hmmmm..... Because of the brutal death of highly intelligent and trained dogs, our service men and women are coming home in pieces: bombs are blowing off their legs or arms .... or their lives. These dogs should have been of vital service to OUR MILITARY! They made one person the scapegoat and terminated the person whose "job" it was to euthanize the animals. Who signed the order - and why? Why were these SERVICE DOGS murdered?

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