For all those who bash and discredit tracking, cadaver, drug and other trained dogs, please read the excerpt of a transcript from a criminal matter I was recently the reporter on.
A. Our dogs are trained to locate articles that have fresh human scent on them and indicate to these articles and their degree of indication is—they indicate stronger for articles that are extremely fresh.
Q. And in terms of the human scent that you were looking for—the dog was looking for I should say, what was that or whose scent was that?
A. There’s no way for the dog to tell me whose scent it is but the dog does look for anything that carries really fresh human scent and anything that would have—if the handler of the article was under the influence of anything or if they had a high level of adrenaline or fear, that all transfers into scent that would therefore make the dog indicate even stronger on an article.
Q. How does the dog actually indicate?
A. Depending on his level of interest in the article, he will either indicate by nosing the article or in some circumstances will grab at it, will pick the article up in his mouth.
Q. Where did your search take you?
A. We started our search along the front of the business and then we worked our way down to the corner of Queen and Duke and we checked each corner, crossing over. The last corner I checked was the parkette on the—there’s a little parkette, it’s like a small park on the southwest corner of Duke and Queen. Prior to this the canine showed no indication of property on the other street corners I checked. When we entered into the parkette, my canine became very interested upon entering the parkette and brought me directly to a park bench beside a garbage can in the middle of the park.
At this point, my canine reached underneath the bench, far under the bench which backs onto a bush and he pulled out the green and black backpack that was described as being missing by the complainant.
This track was undertaken after a break and enter where two laptops were stolen along with the backpack. It was 4:30 a.m. The officer and her dog recovered all of the stolen property in the manner above. Now somebody tell me dogs are unreliable and their "evidence" shouldn't be accepted as valid before a court. I'd trust Gerus and Bones before I'd trust Casey, Jose, Cheney, Dottie.