Relief of Accountable Officer Sally V. Slocum - American Embassy, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, B-288284.2, March 7, 2003
B-288284.2: Mar 7, 2003
Were evacuated to the Embassy in Brazzaville. Was approached by or on behalf of Kinshasa Embassy personnel concerning the possibility of evacuating their household pets to safer locations. She replied that the evacuation of pets was a personal expense and that government resources could not be used. At some point the pets were evacuated to various locations by Agence Air Afrique ("Air Afrique"). Although the record does not reveal who ultimately authorized or arranged for the pet evacuation or how the pet evacuation was intended to be funded. Slocum stated that she learned nothing further about the pet evacuation until seeing subsequent cable communications indicating that various Embassy employees were being billed for the air evacuation of their pets.