A while back we’ve written about how dogs may help socialize domestic robots in the future and now it’s time for another canine news. It appears that cadaver dogs help police not only find bodies, but also solve age-old mystery cases.
Cadaver Dogs Help Police
Courts and police investigators are beginning to trust cadaver dogs more. Cadaver dogs is the name given to dogs that search for dead bodies and human remnants. They can even find the smallest particles human flesh and police officers are starting to accept their help and appreciate them more.
Paul Dostie works with his black Lab, Buster, around 55 miles east of Yosemite National Park. Buster is old and he’s lost a leg, but he can still use his nose to indicate to his owner where the remains are. Dostie says that his old canine buddy discovered the remains of around 200 people.
History Flight is a nonprofit foundation that specialized in finding the tens of thousands of American veterans who have crashed and whose bodies were never recovered. Buster and Dostie are sometimes working with History Flight and Mark Noah, the founder of the foundation is sold: Buster is a miracle dog!
More recently, Buster helped locate Lt. Robert Fenstermacher, a pilot whose plane crashed in 1944 in Belgium.
Another cadaver dog is Alex, a German shepherd whose owner is Deborah Palman. Together they’ve found the body of Maria Tanasichuk, a Canadian woman. Police have concluded that she was shot in the head by her husband and buried. Without Alex, Maria would have never been found.
Cadaver dogs help police and it’s only of late that police departments have started to be more accepting of the canines. Police departments have used dogs for years, but cadaver dogs are not trained by police and they do not belong to the police departments. They belong to volunteers, but all that could change in the future, as cadaver dog training is beginning to grow popular.
Lawrence Kobilinsky, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, Department of Sciences, believes that cadaver dogs are an incredible investigatory tool — no question about it.