Prison officials in Moldova have shut down one way drugs were getting into their jail.
After guards spotted an unusual collar on a cat that was seen passing through a hole in the prison’s fence, they captured the animal. It turned out that two packets of marijuana had been attached to it, the Associated Press notes.
Cats, it seems, have a record as couriers for prison inmates. Earlier this year, a prison in Russia detained a cat that was carrying cellphones and charging equipment, apparently destined for prisoners in the ominously named Penal Colony No. 1, located outside the northern city of Syktyvkar.
Moldovan authorities said that unidentified persons in a nearby village were apparently using the cat to transport drugs to prisoners.
According to the ASPCA, there are about 70 million cats in the U.S., and while most people adopt stray cats or obtain kittens from friends or family, the most expensive breeds can cost up to $35,000 per cat from high-end breeders.