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More dog smuggling arrests made

Police say more dog smugglers may be involved in a suspected dog smuggling ring.

Dog barking. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Tuesday said more arrests in connection with a suspected dog smuggling ring were likely to happen.

Three people have been arrested so far and face smuggling charges.

A South African task team over the past week retrieved at least 30 stolen canines in Namibia.

The dogs were destined for Angola, where they fetch up to R20, 000 each.

The pets disappeared from homes in various towns including Tokai, Mitchells Plain and Kuils River.

Global Animal Welfare consultant Mariette Hopley, who helped with the Namibian rescue operation, said the animals were wanted in Angola for dog fights, breeding or security.

"There's a group of people who are called a 'prime group' or a 'niche market' who purchase these dogs."

The breeds of dogs usually stolen include German Shepherds, Boerboels, Labradors and Huskies.

Pet owners have been urged to keep an eye on their dogs, as the syndicate operates across South Africa.

Police spokesperson Zita Norman said: "People have been arrested and they are currently in custody pending a bail application hearing.

Zita said a court date would only be set once suspects were charged.