Pen farthing lands at Heathrow airport on a private charter plane along with his animals.
Paul ‘Pen’ Farthing has landed safely in London Heathrow along with his 173 dogs and cats after his heartbreak at leaving devoted staff behind.
The ex-Royal Marine is understood to be immediately boarding a connecting flight to Norway to visit his wife Kaisa Markhus who is waiting for him.
Almost 200 animals he was travelling with from Kabul will reportedly now have to quarantine under UK law. However, the animals ‘could be destroyed if they’re riddled with disease’, says a UK vet.
His charted jet stopped at Muscat after leaving war-torn Afghanistan before arriving in London today.
Pen’s pet charity Nowzad confirmed last night that the former Royal Marine was “safely” out of Kabul, along with the rescued animals. Nowzad revealed on Facebook: “We are relieved to confirm that Pen and the Nowzad animals [have] left Afghanistan and are now safe.
“However, we still have much to do as our wonderful team in Kabul were not allowed through the final barrier. It was a devastating blow to us. We are now working extremely hard to get them evacuated and will not rest until they too are safe.”
Ex-soldier Tom Tugendhat, the Tory chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and a vocal opponent of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan had criticised the decision to use British troops to evacuate 180 cats and dogs while Afghan ex-UK staff are left fearing reprisals under Taliban rule.
‘The difficulty is getting people into and out of the airport and we’ve just used a lot of troops to get in 200 dogs,’ Mr Tugendhat said. ‘Meanwhile my interpreter’s family are likely to be killed. As one interpreter asked me a few days ago, why is my five-year-old worth less than your dog?’
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