Australian CSI Investigators Gather Dog DNA to Prosecute Owners
Thanks to the China Post for this article.
Melbourne's CSIs gather DNA of dogs
Monday, June 25, 2007
MELBOURNE, Australia, AP
Crime scene investigators (CSI) in Australia are being trained to bring delinquent dogs to heel, a city council announced Sunday.
Dog rangers have been equipped with DNA kits -- swabs, gloves, evidence bags other equipment -- to gather clues at the scene of every dog attack on a human or pet in the City of Port Phillip, part of Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne.
"We have to make sure that if we have to do something like put an animal down or prosecute, we're sure" of the canine culprit's identity, Councilor Janet Cribbes said.
Fur, saliva, blood and excrement can all lead to an offender being collared.
The council claims to be the first in Australia to use dog DNA to prosecute a pet owner.