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Sniffer Dogs Cry Wolf: Police Report Slams Eddie And Pals

by | 24th, March 2011

MADELEINE McCann: thanks to all the readers to pointed us towards the news that sniffer dogs need better training and monitoring.

As a reader writes:

Considering the millions of words posted on Anorak in the past it made me smile!

Something called the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) haas written a report about sniffer dogs, like the ones used in the search for Madeleine McCann.

The report states:

“There is no consistency in what the dogs can do and how it is done. Furthermore, there is no national standard for accrediting dogs and handlers or record keeping of the success rate they achieve.”

Dogs can be useful; dogs can be useless. And then we get this gem:

The report added the dogs, which are trained to detect the smell of dead bodies, have “the potential to cause complications in an inquiry”.

No joke.

“There is an urgent need to have national policy on their training, accreditation and deployment.”

Can you give a dog a GCSE?

A South Yorkshire Police spaniel called Eddie was said to have sniffed out the “scent of death” at the Haut de la Garenne children’s home in Jersey and the apartment from which Madeleine McCann disappeared in Portugal.
But in both cases nothing more was found and South Yorkshire Police say Eddie is no longer working with them.

His nose has been retired. But we like to think of Eddie sniffing old case files, obsessively looking for something he missed. There’s a book in this, Eddie. Call us, we have ideas…

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