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The dogs’ work as described by their own handler - Jornal de Notícias

They were the main responsible entities for the turnaround of the process, at a point in time when the Polícia Judiciária was already leaving behind the possibility of Madeleine having been kidnapped.
The cadaver detection dog “Eddie” and the blood detection dog “Keela” showed themselves as “very excited” when they entered apartment 5A of the Ocean Club, the one that had been occupied by the McCann couple during their holidays.

Despite the fact that the images can only be visualized in September, the process includes the verbal report from Martin Grime, an expert in dogs that are used in investigations and an FBI advisor, who says that he “noticed in first instance”, as soon as he entered the apartment, that the dogs “are very excited” and how the handler can “pick up the body language”.

He then explains that Eddie (one of the dogs) was the first one to get into action. When he entered the house “he caught up with an odour that he recognizes”. Martin tells that the animal walked through the apartment in an attempt to locate the odour, and that he discovered it behind the sofa in the living room. At that moment, he started to bark. Keela was the second to go into action. “She will only give me the indication when she finds human blood, only human blood”, the expert says, asserting that “there has to be something there, physically, for her to be able to alert me”.

In the dispatch, the prosecutor reminds that “any trace, even if invisible to the naked eye, which is collected through the use of this type of dogs, has to be subject to a forensics test, in a duly credentialed laboratory”.


source: Jornal de Notícias, 07.08.2008


by astro

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