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Police rescue dogs smuggled to Jericho

Judea and Samaria Police officers backed by IDF, Border Guard forces, raid Palestinian gang's hideout in search for stolen Israeli dogs

Akiva Novick
Published: 05.10.12, 08:31 / Israel Environment

A special police force recently conducted a nightly raid in the West Bank city of Jericho as part of a rescue mission of a special nature.


The victims – two dogs that were stolen from their Israeli owners and smuggled into Palestinian Authority territory.


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The operation was headed by a special unit of the Judea and Samaria Police, which handles property crimes.


"We received intelligence indicating that there is a gang in Jericho that specializes in property thefts in the Dead Sea area," Advanced-Staff-Sergeant-Major Motti Tal of the Adumim Police told Yedioth Ahronoth.


The information led to a location in Jericho, a city under the PA's full jurisdiction.


Police officers, backed by IDF and Border Guard forces, conducted the raid, which – much like full-blown IDF operations – was met with local resistance in the form of a hail of stones and Molotov cocktails.


Upon searching the premises, the force found the ill-gotten gains of several heists, including cash and jewelry. The thieves, unfortunately, managed to flee.


The dogs were eventually found safe, albeit anxious, chained in the house's backyard. They were whisked away under armed guard and brought to the Adumim Police, ahead of reuniting with their relieved owners.


"We're grateful," one of the owners told Yedioth Ahronoth. "We know that the officers were stoned and that (the Palestinians) threw firebombs at them, all so they can rescue our dog. This goes above and beyond and we are truly grateful," she said.




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