U.S. officials knew bomb sniffing dogs were neglected and dying in Jordan but sent more anyway . O


U.S. officials knew bomb sniffing dogs were neglected and dying in Jordan but sent more anyway . O Published: 00:56 BST, 17 September 2019 | Updated: 06:50 BST, 17 September 2019 Zoe, a two year old Belgian Malinois who U.S. officials gave to Jordan in October of 2016, later died of heat stroke while patrolling the countrys border with Syria in July of 2017  A U.S. agency that provides bomb sniffing dogs to foreign countries to help them combat terror threats failed to ensure those dogs were being treated properly and dozens of canines have died as a result, a federal investigation has determined. The U.S. Office of Inspector General OIG released the findings from its health and welfare evaluation of the U.S. State Departments Antiterrorism Assistance Explosive Detection Canine Program EDCP earlier this month.  In recent years, the State Department established its own Canine Validation Center CVC to train bomb sniffing dogs after relying on the Bureau of , Tobacco, and Firearms ATF to do it for decades, the report explains. By September 30, 2018, the State Department had trained 100 active explosive detection canines before sending them off to six partner nations.  Jordan was provided with 61 dogs, the largest number given to any participating country. In July of 2017, OIG received a hotline tip that the CVC wasnt keeping an eye on the dogs it sent abroad and that the animals were being neglected, abused and dying. Investigators began a probe in May of 2018. They found CVC staff did a health and welfare check on its dogs in Jordan in April of 2016 and found the countrys canine facilities had improperly maintained kennels that allowed Parvovirus, a highly contagious dog disease, to spread and kill many of the animals.  Two year old Athena was found covered in dirt and feces with protruding ribs in 2018 before she was returned to the U.S. Investigators determined she wasnt being properly fed, but she eventually made a full recovery In July of 2017, the federal Office of Inspector General OIG received a tip that the State Department wasnt monitoring the dogs it provides and that the dogs were losing the will to work and were dying from medical issues and poor working conditions as a result of neglect Another canine housing location had overworked dogs that didnt have proper shelter, sanitation or care.  An official gave several instances of canines dying from heat exhaustion within the past year, the report states. The canines observed were well beyond their working years, and in need of medical care. After reporting on the poor conditions, CVC came up with a plan to help Jordan improve its canine unit care and continued to fund the program and sent an additional 66 dogs to the Middle East nation without ensuring those improvements were made, the report indicates. Since 2016, little progress has been made regarding the ability of Jordan to care for [bomb sniffing dogs], the report states.  Three year old Mencey was euthanized in the U.S. on March 29, 2018 after being diagnosed with a tick borne disease he contracted in Jordan The agency determined the State Departments Explosive Detection Canine Program does not ensure the health and welfare of its dogs after deployment During an April 2018 visit to Jordan, a CVC veterinarian found underweight dogs with protruding rib cages and tick infestations in their ears. A two year old Belgian Malinois named Zoe who CVC gave to Jordan in October of 2016 later died of heat stroke while patrolling the countrys border with Syria in July of 2017. Three year old Mencey became extremely sick less than a year after arriving in Jordan in July of 2017. In February of 2018, CVC was told Mencey had been diagnosed with a tick borne disease.  He was brought back to the U.S. where he was diagnosed with a second vector borne illness that caused his kidneys to fail. Due to his grave prognosis, Mencey was euthanized at the CVC on March 29, 2018, the report states. Two year old Athena was found covered in dirt and feces with protruding ribs in 2018 before she was returned to the U.S. Investigators determined she wasnt being properly fed, but she eventually made a full recovery. Engorged ticks were found on Jordanian canines ear during a U.S. investigation of the countrys bomb sniffing dog facilities A Jordan canines nails were shown to be in serious need of trimming Investigators determined Jordans bomb sniffing dog program will probably never reach self sustainment. Health and welfare of the dogs in Jordan has improved since January 2017 when the DS/ATA mentors arrived, but the stories detailed above show that the dogs are still at risk, the report reads. Bomb sniffing dogs have also been provided to Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, and Oman. Antiterrorism Assistance Explosive Detection Canine Program does not have updated information on the dogs it has provided to other partner nations.  The comments below have been moderated in advance. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. 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  • If you've seen stories of how the Jordanian strays are treated, why would it make sense to send animals to a state that has so little regard for animal life, and on top of that, send them more, knowing that this type of thing will only happen again.

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