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Villagers petition for canine reinforcement

MIAOLI, Taiwan -- Residents of Miaoli County’s Dahu Village, a hilly region notoriously redolent of robber barons, requested “a dog for every police station” to nab local junkies and to cut a long string of water pump thefts.

Six out of ten households in the area have befallen victim to local thieves. Robbers typically go after water pumps, which are worth up to NT$50,000. The long-suffering village, comprised largely of agricultural workers, has levied various capture efforts including two back-to-back nights of surveillance this month that have come up empty.

Village Leader Yang Ching-wen said their request is reasonable and necessary for proper police jurisdiction of Dahu, considering its history of crime and geographic expansiveness.

Deputy Chong Kuo-wen of Miaoli County Police stated that it is not so simple. According to United Evening News, there are only 23 police dogs total available in Taiwan.

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