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Stolen sniffer dog. 
31st-Aug-2007 01:25 pm
Thieves Steal Drug-Sniffing Dog:
Rex IV, a highly trained Belgian Malinois sheepdog with a string of drug hauls behind him, was checked on to a flight from Mexico City this week with seven other police dogs bound for an operation in the northern state of Sinaloa.

But when the dogs arrived at Mazatlan airport, Sinaloa, their police handlers discovered a small black mongrel puppy inside Rex IV's cage, with the sniffer dog nowhere to be seen.
There are various suggestions given in the comments for why they stole the dog and then later abandoned. But no-one seems to have hit on my first inclination:

The thieves were stoned out of their minds and had no idea where they hid the rest of their stash in their messy apartment. In their addled state, the immediately sensible strategy was to 'borrow' a sniffer dog to find their drugs...

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