Malaysian DVD pirates want sniffer dogs dead
Malaysian movie pirates have put a bounty on the heads of two sniffer dogs who busted a fake DVD ring with a seizure of discs worth about $3 million, media and movie-industry officials said on Thursday.
Lucky and Flo, two female black Labradors deployed by Malaysian authorities in their crackdown on pirated movie DVDs and music CDs, carried out their first major successful operation in Johor state on Tuesday.
The New Straits Times said syndicate bosses had offered an unspecified reward for the killing of the two dogs.
“As a result of the extent of loss to the pirate syndicate, we have information from the domestic trade ministry that the Johor syndicate is intent on killing Lucky and Flo,” said Neil Gane, an official of the Motion Picture Association.
“The Malaysian authorities are taking this threat seriously and the security around the dogs’ current location has been beefed up,” he told Reuters.
In Tuesday’s raid, the two dogs helped seize a cache of around a million pirated game and movie discs in the southern city of Johor Baru, neighboring Singapore. At least six people were arrested.
The fake DVDs, replicating machines and other tools used to make and sell discs were hidden in concealed spaces and secret compartments spread over four floors of an office building.