Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Innocent Dog Protection DNA Testing Can Provide Justice for Innocent Dogs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Innocent Dog Protection DNA Testing Can Provide Justice for Innocent Dogs

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The case of a Michigan service dog whose life was saved by DNA testing shows that that technology can be used to protect innocent dogs and their human families.

Jeb, a Belgian Malinois in St. Clair, Mich., was found over the lifeless body of wounded Pomeranian and was ordered killed. But a lawyer for his humans realized a DNA test could be done - and the lab said, "There is not a match." Jeb was released, although a consent decree required his owner to take security precautions.

DNA testing is "not uncommon in dog-bite cases," Carter Dillard of the Animal Legal Defense Fund told the Washington Post.

Yes, we need to protect people and pets from dangerous dogs. But to do that, we need to identify the right dogs as dangerous. DNA may sometimes be able to help with that, either directly or by alerting authorities when they have the wrong dog so that the dog actually responsible for an attack can be found. …

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