Cats With Contraband Become International Prison Trend
This post was written byáMargaret Badore
Last week, a cat with an oversized collar raised suspicion for its frequent visits to a prison in Maldova. When guards caught the kitty, they found its collar to contain bags of marijuana. The BBC reports that the video of the collar being removed was posted by the Moldovan justice ministry.
This isn’t the first case of cats being used as mules.
In JuneáThe Moscow Times reported that a cat with contraband was intercepted by prison guards ináRussia’s northern Republic ofáKomi:
“Two packages were taped toáthe animal’s back. When theápackages were unwrapped, guards found objects prohibited ináthe penitentiary facilityáŚ two cell phones with batteries andáchargers,” theáRepublic ofáKomi penitentiary service department said ináa statement posted onáits website.
Around New Years, a kitty was found carrying files and drill bits in addition to a cell phone at a medium security prison in the Brazilian city of Arapiraca. TheáBBC reported:
A prison spokesperson was quoted by local paper Estado de S. Paulo as saying: “It’s tough to find out who’s responsible for the action as the cat doesn’t speak.”
Naturally, one can imagine that a cat could be well-trained with treats to visit his or her favorite friends in jail, but it’s unclear what happens to the cats that get caught. It’s not necessarily abuse, but it does seem these kitties are being ill-used.
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