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Police dogs from across WNY given human remains detection training

Posted at 8:39 PM, Jun 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 20:39:53-04

Police search dogs from across western and central New York took part in "human remains detection" training, Sunday.

The goal of the dog training is to help find victims in the water. Trainers said the dogs learned to find a victim who is dead or alive.

“What we’re doing is working with the dogs,” said Ron Klimowicz with Hamburg Water Rescue. “Some of the boat operators have never worked with the dogs before, and some of the dogs have never really been on some of these boats. It’s kind of a familiarization.”

“Typically, when the body is in the water, when the decay process begins, gas forms in the body, and that rises to the surface,” added Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Chief Len Pratt. “Dogs have an incredible sensitivity to that kind of smell.”