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Three arrested for dog smuggling

The police's Zita Norman said the men will appear in court soon on dog smuggling charges.

Three men have been arrested in connection with a dog smuggling syndicate.

CAPE TOWN - Three men have been arrested in connection with dog smuggling charges, police confirmed on Tuesday.

Last week, a team of local experts retrieved about 30 stolen dogs in Namibia.

The canines were destined for the Angolan market, where a single animal can fetch up to R20,000.

The police's Zita Norman said the men will appear in court soon.

"An undisclosed number of animals have been retrieved. The animals are being kept in Bellville."

Global Animal Welfare Logistics Consultant Mariette Hopley, who helped retrieve the dogs in Namibia, says South African dogs are sought after.

"There's a story going around that our dogs are stronger and healthier, and they are not prone to illnesses."

Meanwhile, officials from Interpol are busy investigating the dog smuggling syndicate.