Cats With Contraband Become International Prison Trend

This post was written by Margaret 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 June The Moscow Times reported that a cat with contraband was intercepted by prison guards in Russia’s northern Republic of Komi:

“Two packages were taped to the animal’s back. When the packages were unwrapped, guards found objects prohibited in the penitentiary facility — two cell phones with batteries and chargers,” the Republic of Komi penitentiary service department said in a statement posted on its 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. The BBC 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.

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla4 years ago

Wow, the human mind... As always using animals for its benefits

Virginia Abreu de Paula

I don't think that only because it a Russian video it means cats were killed. The cad was hold carefully as we can see and even caressed at the end. But I ask TreeHugger to provide us with information about it. Yes, I got worried. I didn't know about the case in Brazil though I am Brazilian.

Katherine Wright
Katherine Wright4 years ago

I hope these felines are killed for their "crimes".......I, too, hope the kitties are okay.

Regine D.
Regine Debus4 years ago

This is Russia, my guess is either they end up in a shelter or are being euthanized. Just a guess...

Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

I hope they're sent to adoption when caught!

Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

With nothing to do but think up schemes such as this, no wonder prisons are so compromised. Then add the often corrupt enforcement in place -- NOT. Are you really surprised?

Kate S.
Kate S4 years ago


Grace K.
Grace Kennedy4 years ago

How bizarre.