15 stranded dogs and cats owned by Scots military personnel to be flown to UK

One of the stranded dogs
One of the stranded dogs. [Photo: Courtesy]

Fifteen cats and dogs left stranded in Kenya after Scots military heroes flew back to the UK will be flown home in a U-turn directive by the British government.

The pets are owned by military personnel who trained with the British Army Training Unit in Kenya (Batuk) for two years.

Pet travel officials in the UK had imposed a red tape on transporting the dogs to Kenya, a country on UK’s “red list”, reports Daily Record.

The decision left the owners of the pets distraught as they had made arrangement on how to transport them back home but there were no direct flights from Kenya to the UK.

After negotiations between the families and army officials, the UK agreed to fly the dogs back to Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton on three different flights.

Chloe Docherty, 31is among the Scots military personnel training in Nanyuki and she adopted a dog when she arrived in Kenya.

“A lot of us have rescued pets here or brought over our own. There are a lot of Scots here who were in the same situation. With the amount of support we have had, APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) have decided to support the move. We got confirmation this morning,” she noted.

The stranded animals were taken to a shelter awaiting October 2021 when their owners are set to return to Kenya.

The negotiations involved the army and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), whose Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is required to give the pets their final stamp of approval on landing.