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SAR dog takes part in an environmentalists’ raid for the first time


On 11 March, a raid organised by the State Environmental Protection Service and the Kaunas Regional Environmental Protection Department for the first time involved the use of a search-and-rescue (SAR) dog of border guards.

A check of anglers from Kaunas and Jonava found 17 violations of the Rules on Inland Angling. None of the offenders tried to escape or hide their illegal catch. According to the environmentalists, credit for that should go to their four-legged assistant Tina.

‘Caught unawares, offenders frequently try to run away from officials. Seeing our assistant this time, however, they did not dare run or hide their catch and fishing gear. It became evident to us that a dog could help environmentalists a lot,’ said Vice Minister Linas Jonauskas, who took part in the raid.

During their raid held on a holiday, the environmentalists caught anglers who had fished small chub and exceeded the permitted size of the catch. The anglers may be subjected to a fine of nearly EUR 300. They will also have to compensate damage to the fish stock, paying more than EUR 65 for each illegally caught chub.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas