Ex-Marine Pen Farthing’s dogs face four-month quarantine after Afghan rescue

Pen Farthing's rescue dogs will be locked up for four months when they arrive in the UK from Afghanistan.

The former Royal Marines commando, and founder of the Nowzad Dogs charity, is currently en route to Britain along with 94 dogs and 79 cats.

However, it is has been reported the animals will face a lengthy quarantine in government kennels until Christmas while they're tested for diseases.

According to reports, officials have drawn up plans to accommodate the 173 rescue animals – with one source stressing the importance of having a "contingency plan in place to protect our biosecurity".

They added: "Rabies is one of the diseases that are prevalent there that we would be worried about.

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"Some of them will have health certificates. Where they don't, we will ensure the appropriate quarantine period."

Defence bosses confirmed on Friday night that the ex-Commando "and his pets" have received clearance for their charter flight to return to the UK.

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However, Farthing's attempts to get his staff members out of the country haven't been as successful.

He was reportedly trying to help 69 people evacuate Afghanistan, but says the convoy was turned back by the Taliban when it was just 300 metres inside the airport perimeter in Kabul.

Speaking to The Sun, Farthing said: "It is just so depressing I had to leave them behind.

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"Some of them came with me to the airport but they weren’t allowed to cross the line from Taliban to British control.

"There were lots of tears when we said goodbye. I feel so many things. I feel very sad for them."

The ex-marine packed 125kg of dry pet food and 270 litres of water for the private rescue flight and said he "feels happy for the animals" and "relieved" for himself.

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