Alleged poachers with a rhino horn in their possession were recently arrested just outside of Pretoria.
According to a spokesperson of the police in Vaalwater, it is suspected that the horn belonged to a rhino that had been poached just outside Vaalwater on Sunday, 15 June.
This arrest was allegedly made possible by the aiding of a young foxhound named Jimmy.
According to Julie Prinsloo, the dog’s handler, they assisted police investigator Dawid Roux after the rhino had been poached. The dog was able to disprove information that had previously been obtained from farm workers with regard to the poachers’ whereabouts.
“Jimmy showed us that the tracks the farm workers had pointed out as those of the poachers indeed belonged to builders that were still in some stables close by and that these builders’ footprints were not even near the dead rhino,” Prinsloo said.
Roux used this information to confront the farm workers and was able to obtain the correct information.
“Roux told the farm workers that the dog indicated to the police that they had given the police the wrong information on purpose, and that the dog was now going to show them who the real poachers were. This rattled the farm workers’ composure and they came out with the whole can of beans,” Prinsloo said.
The farm workers provided the correct information about the alleged poachers’ whereabouts and the police were able to track them down.