Death Row Dogs Freed, Human Liberators Arrested, Say Police

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PARKSVILLE, B.C. (CBS/AP) Three women have been arrested for allegedly freeing dogs from a canine death row. How is that a crime? Well, these alleged doggie liberators rescued two pooches authorities deemed "dangerous" over a year ago.

Police say the women cut a hole in the fence of the Parksville-Qualicum SPCA last Thursday night, and then cut the locks off the kennels of the two dogs.

The shepherd mix and Labrador retriever cross that went missing had been seized by authorities more than a year ago from a home in Errington, B.C., as part of a dangerous dog investigation.

The dogs had since been declared dangerous and sentenced to death. At the time of the hound heist, their owners were awaiting an appeal of the sentence.

Three women from Oceanside, a small community near Parksville, British Columbia, face charges of breaking and entering, theft under (Canadian) $5,000 and possession of stolen property.