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Monday, June 28, 2010

Advocates launch dog DNA database

A group of animal advocates, including the Humane Society of Missouri, have started a DNA database that collects samples from dogs involved in illegal fights, the New York Times reports. Several of the first entries come from dogs seized during a big dogfighting investigation last year.

These dogs tend to come from the same family lines, because they're bred to be aggressive. A lot of people accused of dogfighting will say they're simply breeders. Animal advocates hope they can fight that claim by showing juries these dogs were from aggressive lines. It's not conclusive proof, they say, just another arrow in the quiver.

If you were on a jury, do you think this would be persuasive?

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