Can cadaver dogs tell the difference
between Human and any other
By Marty Carlson
With the recent testimony in court and questions about whether a cadaver dog had been used on the Cooley property, there are still questions whether it was used or not I personally have no recollection of any testimony. That does not mean it did not occur.
But some of the questions being asked cadaver dog distinguish between human remains and animal remains, like the dog that was allegedly buried in the Cooley yard.
And here are some of the results that I found in a search online:
Cadaver dogs are still more effective than any man-made machine. Though it is still in question of what kind of scent that the dog zeroes in on, as the decomposing human body releases 478 different chemical compounds. And there is still research being done to figure out which ones really matter to the cadaver dogs.
Whatever the chemical signature is, it is present through the whole process from fresh corpse in the first few hours after death to skeletons several years old. It is also present and several types of tissue, including blood, bone, and fat. Properly trained dogs can identify the said and not in just whole bodies. They can also detect in blood spatter, bone, and even cremated remains. They can even pick up the scent be left behind after a body has been removed from a grave, then removed again.
That last point is important as to what the prosecutors are trying to claim in the Carson case, and that the body had been buried at pop and Cork for 28 days.
The signatures scent of human death is also unique to humans, trained dogs can tell the difference between human remains and animal remains.
This last point is important to note if a cadaver dog was actually ever used at the Cooley residence and whether or not it would’ve detected a buried dog versus human remains.
Part of the researcher’s theory is that there is something in the bone structure, that is unique to humans, that releases certain chemicals that can be differentiated from any other type of animal.
Although the exact mechanism isn’t yet understood by humans, it is very clear that properly trained canines can reliably find human remains, from hidden graves to disaster zones.