German shepherd gets reward for finding Israeli sisters in Argentina

By JTA
February 11, 2019 05:37
1 minute read.
A German shepherd dog takes a test during an annual cynologist competition, held by members of the r

A German shepherd dog takes a test during an annual cynologist competition, held by members of the regional penitentiary camps system, outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, August 24, 2012. 24 teams representing prison camps took part in a five-day-long competition. (photo credit: REUTERS/ILYA NAYMUSHIN)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A German shepherd received a cash reward offered by an Israeli family for finding two sisters who were missing in Argentina for two weeks.

Ruca and her trainer Ayelen Castro received the more than $1,300 reward on Friday at the Sociedad Israelita de Beneficencia Jewish center in Mendoza, in the north west of the country. The money will go to the School of Canine Training of Mendoza, or Escam.

Several local Jewish leaders attended the ceremony.



“She did find our sisters, alerted the police and earned the reward we offered. Ruca is a German Shepherd and don’t have much use for cash therefore we have decided to reward her organization Escam,” explained the family.



The family also presented Castro with a personal cash reward “for the excellent job of training of Roca, and for helping to bring some closure to our families, now that we can bring them to eternal rest in peace, side by side, in their family home of Israel.”



It is not the first complex case that the dog has helped solve. In 2009, Ruca found the body of a missing child near a river in Lujan, and has been involved in several other successful search and rescue operations.



The bodies of Dr. Lily Pereg, 54, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of New England in Australia, and her sister, Pyrhia Sarusi, 63, were found on Jan. 26 buried under debris in the home of Sarusi’s son, Gil Pereg, in Mendoza province, in the north west of the country. The sisters, who had been traveling in Argentina, had not been heard from since Jan. 12. Their bodies arrived in Israel over the weekend and were taken for additional forensic exams.



Gil Pereg was charged in Argentina with homicide for the death of his aunt and aggravated homicide due to a family tie in the death of his mother.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

A woman shovels snow from a walkway at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, U.S., April 2, 2018
February 17, 2019
New York synagogue’s windows smashed on Shabbat

By ILANIT CHERNICK