List of animals arrested for committing a crime. The crimes the animals in the article are being accused of vary greatly in severity, measuring from something as low as vagrancy, all the way up to espionage, with a lot in between. From Cat Burglar, Lorenzo, Drug Cartel Member, Goat armed robbery, Cat Smuggler and the latest “Pigeon Impossible”.
1. The Pigeon that was Held in India on Suspicion of Spying
In 2010, Indian police held a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan.
The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar. The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.
Police suspected that the pigeon landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note was found.
Officials directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police said was possibly on a “special mission of spying.” The bird was medically examined and kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard.
Local pigeon keepers in the sensitive border area told police that Pakistani pigeons were easily identifiable, since they look different from Indian ones. (Source)
2. Lorenzo, Drug Cartel Member
Lorenzo is a parrot who was arrested in Columbia. However, this story is one on a much larger scale than previous entries. You see, Lorenzo was only one of 1,700 parrots trained by the Columbian drug cartel to cry “Run, run, you’re going to get caught” in Spanish whenever they saw police officers approaching. Somehow, the cops saw through this extremely subtle safety word, and arrested Lorenzo in a bust that also resulted in the seizure of over 200 weapons, a stolen motorbike, a large amount of drugs, 4 men, and two other birds.
3. Oscar, the Cat Burglar
Oscar was described by the police as being “fat and aggressive”. He is a Swedish cat who was arrested after a family that suspected him of “terrorizing” their own cats trapped him while he stole food in their house. The police realized that the cat was too well groomed to be stray, so they set out looking for his owner, keeping him in custody for at least one night. Luckily, the owner was found, as had Oscar remained unclaimed, he would have been put down. So any time somebody quotes Sweden as being a progressive country, you can tell them about how Oscar almost received the death sentence for theft.
4.The Goat that was Detained Over Armed Robbery
In 2009, Police in Nigeria held a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery. Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police, saying that it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.
Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, which was photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw. (Source)
5.The Donkey that was Jailed for Assault and Battery
In 2008, a burro bit and kicked two men near a ranch in Chiapas state in Mexico. It was kept in a cell that normally holds people who are arrested for public drunkenness and other disturbances.
The donkey remained behind bars at the police station until its owner agreed to pay the men’s medical bills. The owner, Mauro Gutierrez, reached a friendly arrangement to pay the men’s bills, estimated at $420.
The victims said that the donkey bit Genaro Vazquez, 63, in the chest and then kicked 52-year-old Andres Hernandez as he tried to come to the rescue, fracturing his ankle. It took six men to control the enraged burro. (Source)
6. The Cow that was Arrested in a Murder Case
A carnival goat has somehow become entangled in a messy murder case involving some youths in Sango Ota, Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.
The youths were gathered to prepare for a carnival when an argument broke out between some of them, leading to one of the boys, identified as Dayo, breaking a bottle and using it to stab 24-year-old Azeez Salako, who bled to death.
Everyone scampered from the crime scene and by the time the police arrived, only the cow, which had been bought to be slaughtered during the carnival, was left behind. The police detained the cow and dragged it to the police station. No human arrests were made. (Source)
7. The Monkey that was Arrested in Pakistan for Crossing India’s Border
Believe it or not, in 2011 authorities in Pakistan’s Punjab province “arrested” a cross-border trespasser which was a monkey found wandering in Cholistan, having traveled all the way from India.
The monkey was captured by wildlife officials in Bahawalpur. Local residents initially tried to capture the monkey after it entered the Cholistan area of Bahawalpur district. After the monkey evaded them, the people informed wildlife officials, who captured the animal after a struggle.
The monkey was taken to the Bahawalpur Zoo, where officials named him Bobby. (Source)
8. The Elephant that went on Trial for Killing Three People in India
The incident with Ramachandran (the name of the elephant) happened in Kerala in January 2013. During a religious festival, the elephant suddenly went berserk and started a massacre, in which three women were killed. After that, a criminal case was invoked against the animal.
The 45-year-old elephant was arrested kept under the supervision of the environmental department, while its owner had to pay 30 lakh rupees and find two guarantors. In addition, after this incident the elephant was banned for three months from participating in the festivities and processions of such events. (Source)
9. The Cat that was Arrested for Contraband at a Brazilian Prison
In January 2013, a cat was detained on the grounds of a jail in Brazil with contraband goods for prisoners strapped to its body with tape. The white cat was apprehended while crossing the main prison gate.
The incident took place at a jail in Arapiraca city, 250km (155 miles) southwest of Recife in Alagoas state. The confiscated items included drill bits, files, a mobile phone and charger, and earphones. The cat was taken to a local animal center.
Officials said that the items could be used to effect a means of escape, or for communicating with criminals on the outside. (Source)
10. Vandalizing Goats
Indian police seized a number of goats in 2013 that had been seen to ram and damage a number of cars. One particular incident saw up to 12 goats climb onto a police vehicle and causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. The officers were able to track down three of the goats, which they locked up for several days before handing them over to an animal charity.