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NY County officials use body parts of dead citizen for police dog training

Saturday, August 10, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: humanity, police dog training, cadaver


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(NaturalNews) Without question, the world is becoming less, not more, civilized the older humanity gets. The following is a case in point.

Officials in Niagara County, in western New York, are being sued by the parents of Roger Dunn over allegations that a coroner took a piece of his body for canine police training following his death last year.

According to The Associated Press, Dunn, 32, was killed in a car accident in Cambria on April 13, 2012. His body was then taken to the office of Niagara County Coroner Russell Jackman, but not before he gave some of Dunn's tissue to volunteer Fire Chief Vincent Salerno who was engaged in training a dog to track human remains.

'Well-intentioned mistake'

Both men have since resigned and have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors regarding their conduct. Both were also fined $1,000, as well as sentenced to 100 hours of community service for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Both have also written letters of apology to the parents, Danny and Anita Dunn.

Nevertheless, the The Buffalo News reported, "the suit filed by Lewiston attorney Michael J. Dowd, says that the victim's parents didn't know until they heard media reports that Jackman had removed a piece of their son's body tissue, which he gave to Salerno for use in training a dog to sniff out cadavers."

County officials have tried to downplay the incident, calling it a "well-intentioned mistake," AP said, but the parents of the deceased aren't buying.

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said training dogs with cadavers is standard procedure but he added, "There are legal means to obtain cadaver parts. ... They didn't follow those legal guidelines."

No problem - cut the body up!

Some readers who responded to the story on the website of The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, didn't see any problems with "borrowing" some cadaver flesh.

"Unless the family has a religious reason why any portion of their sons (sic) remains could not be used, I fail to understand why this matters. It's not like they took a steak sized portion, did they?" wrote Another Annie from Richmond, Texas. "The men involved already resigned, so what is there to sue over? Nothing that happened at the morgue would have made the loss of their son any easier to deal with."

Added Dennis D. from New Jersey: "Training these dogs is Vital (sic). I have no problem with this?"

"I wouldn't mind if some of my bits are taken for police dog training before I am cremated. Wouldn't bother me at all," wrote Whatever, from "Somewhere in the US."

If you ever doubted that Hollywood and the video game industry are having a de-humanizing effect on the masses, this example - and some of the responses to it - should be enough to convince you otherwise.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk

http://hosted.ap.org

http://www.buffalonews.com

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