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Stolen dogs rescued

A truck transporting stolen dogs was stopped on the N1 highway on Thursday.

Stolen dogs were stuffed in crates in the small top section of this truck. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Animal Welfare Task Team on Thursday said it apprehended a suspected dog fighting syndicate member transporting several stolen dogs.

The task team and police stopped a truck off the N1 highway near the Stellenbosch offramp on Thursday afternoon.

In 2012, more than 120,000 dogs were stolen in South Africa.

The canines are transported to Angola where they used for dog fighting.

The task team's Mariette Hopley said she received a tip-off and immediately traced the truck with the stolen dogs.

One suspect was apprehended.

Hopley has taken two pitbulls and one cross pitbull with Staffie to an animal shelter.

The animals may be reunited with their owners at a later stage.

It is believed another truck may already be on its way to the Namibian border with other canines.

Earlier in November, a large dog fighting syndicate was uncovered in Brakpan on Gauteng's East Rand.

Police arrested 18 people during the raid in Tsakane following an anonymous tip-off.

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