06/23/2009

Fla. sheriff's office trains first K-9 to detect cadavers

By Erika Pesantes
Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — One drop of blood is all Piper needs to sniff out a lead on a case involving human remains. Her little black nose ferrets out clues that bring closure to often heart-wrenching cases involving missing persons, homicides, fatal car crashes and search-and-rescue missions.

K-9 Piper is the Palm Beach County Sheriff''s Office''s first Human Remains Detection Dog - also known as a cadaver dog. She joins 52 other canines that make up the agency''s K-9 unit. She''s an eager, sweet-faced, 20-month-old black Labrador retriever who enjoys cooling off with quick dips in the canal at the Sheriff''s Office K-9 facility west of West Palm Beach.

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