Ex-Marine Pen Farthing arrives in UK with dogs and cats onboard flight

Farthing expresses ‘mixed emotions’ as animal rescue charity confirms staff left behind in Afghanistan

A former Royal Marine whose campaign to secure the evacuation of his Kabul animal shelter divided opinion in Britain has told of his “mixed emotions” after arriving in Heathrow onboard a chartered flight carrying dogs and cats.

Paul “Pen” Farthing said on Twitter on Sunday that he had landed at Heathrow after what he had described as the “partial success” of a campaign he and supporters had called Operation Ark, in which he had attempted to secure the evacuation of animals as well as staff and their families.

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