Cats and Dogs Suspected of Spying on WWI Trenches by British Intelligence Officers
British intelligence officers in the First World War suspected two cats and a dog of spying for the Germans, in official army documents published by the National Archives.
The three animals were observed repeatedly crossing British trenches, leading suspicious officers to believe the animals may have been planted by the Germans in order to relay messages across enemy lines.
The incident was recorded in an intelligence briefing from July 1915.
The report, prepared by officers from the 36th brigade of the 12th Division who were stationed in trenches on the Western Front states: “Two (2) cats and a dog are under suspicion, as they have been in the habit of crossing our trenches at night; steps are being taken to trap them if possible.”
Sadly, the document does not state whether the animals were ever detained on suspicion of spying. (via Independent)