Used dogs to terrorize prisoners
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2006:
FORT MEADE, Md.– A court martial jury of four officers and
three enlisted soldiers on June 1, 2006 convicted former U.S. Army
dog handler Sergeant Santos A. Cardona of aggravated assault and
dereliction of duty.
Cardona, 32, of Fullerton, California, in 2003-2004
allegedly used his dog to terrorize inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison
in Iraq. A 12-year veteran, Cardona was acquitted of improperly
allowing his dog to bite a prisoner, and of conspiring with another
dog handler to terrify prisoners into urinating or defecating on
More sensational allegations about U.S. troops using animals
to frighten prisoners during interrogation may surface as result of a
case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights
First against U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in November
2005, on behalf of Iraqi businessmen Thahe Mohammed Sabbar, 37,
and Sherzad Kamal Khalid, 35.
Sabbar and Khalid claim U.S. troops pushed them into a cage
of lions at one of Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad palaces in July 2003.
The men survived uninjured.
Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Udai reportedly fed two rivals to
the same lions, before Udai was killed and the lions were impounded.