Sperm sniffing dog helps solve a rape case in Sweden

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Get a whiff of this.

Authorities in Sweden have charged a 23-year-old man with rape after matching the suspect’s DNA with evidence discovered by a sperm sniffing police dog,according to The Local.

The dog, an almost three-year-old German Shepherd named Rapport Opus, used his unique nose to track down a sperm sample at a crime scene in a Karlskrona where investigators believed a local man had forced a woman to perform oral sex on him, the report said.

“The technical evidence is very good,” prosecutor Mårten Alvinsson told Sydöstran, a regional newspaper.

Rapports Opus is the only sperm sniffing dog in southern Sweden, according to B. G. Carlsson, the police officer who spent over a year training the pup. Carlsson will testify at the trial.

Gawker summed up the essence of the story: “As one commenter on the paper’s site pointed out, the training sessions for Rapports Opus must have been pretty, uh, interesting?”

Source:  Huffington Post

 

Hot car incidents starting to claim dog lives this season: What you can do…

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It’s that time of year again, and stories of dogs left in cars are beginning to make headlines.

A Maryland woman has been charged with animal cruelty for leaving her dog alone in a car  with the windows rolled up while she bronzed up at a tanning salon. The car temp was 152 degrees when police rescued her poodle from the oven, reports the Associated Press. The poodle was OK, fortunately.

Another poodle, this one in Michigan, was left in a roasting-hot car and was clearly in distress, according to WXYZ.com. Police were called, and the K9 officer waited for the owner to come back, but ended up breaking into the car to get the dog out. They said the dog would have been dead by the time the owner finally came back.

The saddest tale of deadly car heat so far this season comes from the Pittsburgh area, where a 6-year-old police dog named Chico (pictured left) died after being left in the back seat of a parked police cruiser. K-9 vehicles are usually equipped with fans that prevent overheating in these situations. There are few details being released for this case,  but it’s under investigation, reports WTAE.com. The handler has been suspended without pay.

Most dog owners are extremely aware of the dangers of leaving a dog in a car when the thermometer starts edging up. But did you know there’s an easy way to help save the lives of dogs whose people may not be so well informed? Check out MyDogIsCool.com, where you can download free fliers and posters (like the one above).

The “Don’t Leave Me in Here – It’s Hot” flier can go under a windshield wiper of a warm car with a dog in it. (Of course, if it looks like a situation that will become dangerous, call in law enforcement.) You can give posters to businesses to display in front windows. In addition, the site provides handy info about how hot is too hot, and loads of tips about making your dog’s summer a safe and enjoyable one. Definitely worth checking out.

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Source:  dogster

 

Dog Bless You – Facebook “LIKE” and Support Our Vets!

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DOG BLESS USA

From Memorial Day through July 4th, Explore.org will pair up to 100 companion and service dogs, valued at $500,000, with veterans who live with PTSD.  For every 5,000 “Likes” on their Facebook page, a vet will receive a service dog.

Currently, the “Like” count is at 206,908.

The Facebook page:  Dog Bless You – Join Dog Bless You and Support Our Vets!

Joining is simply clicking on the “Like” button. Nothing more.  No forms, no emails, no verifications, etc.  Just click “Like”… cannot be any more simple that that.

“The mission of explore.org is to champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity and to inspire life long learning. The most important thing for me is to create a portal into the soul. What is the easiest way to do this? Through dogs – they see our soul like no other. That is why as we build dog bless you, I believe that it’s mission should be to “champion the selfless acts of animals.”

The initiative aims to spread awareness about the healing role dogs can play in the lives of those suffering from PTSD.

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Dog Bless You was founded by filmmaker Charles Annenberg Weingarten, a trustee of the Annenberg Foundation and also the founder of Explore.org. Partners in this effort include the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and other veteran and service dog organizations.

“Dogs are serving this country unlike any other animal — from the battlefields of war, to the front lines of search and rescue to the ranks of police and fire forces across this country to the everyday person in need of a companion,” said Weingarten in a prepared statement. “We want to raise awareness about the amazing role dogs can play in the lives of veterans and people who suffer from emotional and psychological damage, while giving everyone a chance to participate through a zero-cost contribution.”

“Doctors, psychologists, and certainly veterans will all attest to the incredible benefits dogs bring to those suffering from the impact of war,” said Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of IAVA.

PTSD service dogs can help veterans and other trauma survivors to reduce their anxiety levels and — for those who are physically disabled — navigate through the world. They can also be trained to wake their humans up from nightmares or to remind them to take their medications. “I see big increases in confidence with the dogs,” Jennifer Petre, founder of the service-dog training organization Stiggy’s Dogs recently told Hometownlife.com. “The veterans aren’t as worried as much with the dog. It takes pressure off them.”

According to a survey by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (cited by a report at PsychCentral), 82 percent of patients with PTSD who received service dogs experienced a decrease in symptoms, while 40 percent found they were able to reduce their medications.

In addition to simply liking the Dog Bless You Facebook page, people are invited to upload patriotic photos and videos and share personal dog-related stories.

“I’m sure during the course of this campaign, we’ll see and hear some amazing stories from our brave service people whose dogs have been a prime source of salvation,” said Rieckhoff.

According to the nonprofit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, it costs about $20,000 to raise, train and place a medical service dog.

The Dog Bless USA Challenge Grant runs from Memorial Day (May 30) through July 4.

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