Monday, March 26, 2012

Investigators get up-close training in hoarding cases

By Chad Smith

It was hard to replicate the odor.

When officials at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine converted a room into a mock crime scene of animal hoarding on Sunday, they were able to make it as realistic as possible for veterinarians, animal-rescue workers and students.
They used stuffed animals to play the parts of dead and dying cats and dogs. There were crates stacked on top of crates, with newspapers, empty cans of soda and cat food and pizza boxes strewn about.
But they couldn't quite capture the strong odors that typically greet investigators as they confront the growing numbers of hoarding cases..."  More

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