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Stray dog stymies prison break, barks at tunneling escapees

A stray dog peers through the enclosure fence a shelter in Glina, Romania, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Temperatures plunged to -27 degrees Centigrade (-16.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of Romania. Four people died due to cold-related causes according to local media. AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Malachy, a Pekingese, competes for best in show
This Pekingese won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on Valentine's Day, and that's not. However, it was a stray dog that thwarted a prison break in Paraguay last week.
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(CBS/AP) ASUNCION, Paraguay - A stray dog is getting credit for thwarting a prison break in Paraguay.

Officials say three dangerous inmates dug a 26-foot tunnel leading from their cell to the street, and were about to break free just before dawn Friday. That's when the stray started doing what comes naturally - barking - which put an end to the escape.

Authorities at the Tacumbu prison on the southern edge of the capital, Asuncion, dragged the unlucky prisoners before the media on Friday to tell the tale.

"Because of a stray dog we couldn't escape," complained Hilario Villalba. "When I reached the street, sticking my head out, the stupid dog barked and alerted a guard."

Villalba, who is serving a 30-year double-murder sentence, vowed in his native Guarani language that he'll keep trying to escape because he said his sentence isn't fair.

Meanwhile in neighboring Argentina, a yellow labrador named Tiza alerted border guards to a motorist trying to smuggle $110,000 in $100 bills into Uruguay. The driver denied carrying any money, but the dog sniffed out the bills hidden in the glove compartment, another compartment and inside the rear seats, Argentina's tax collection agency announced Friday.

Dogs rule!

  • Barry Leibowitz

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