Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal
A murder investigation is underway after a dog named Lucky delivered a human foot to his front porch in Newberry Springs, a small unincorporated town, 130 miles outside of Los Angeles. His guardian, Erica, immediately contacted the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department on Sunday evening and reported Lucky’s findings.
Investigators searched along Interstate 40 in the Mojave Desert and found more remains around the 49,000 block of Silver Valley road. However, they were not immediately able to determine the victim’s age, race, sex, or cause of death.
Homicide squads are now sorting through missing persons cases in the area while they gather DNA from the body parts they have found.
The beagle’s guardian claims Lucky has brought home ‘gifts’ in the past, but nothing to this extent.
“It didn’t seem like it was real. It was freaky, scary, and I was in shock,” Erica told CBS News.
Earlier this year, a similar situation occurred when a Golden Retriever named Ollie discovered a severed human head in the Hollywood Hills. Could these two pups be cadaver dogs in disguise?
Well-trained cadaver dogs have nearly 100% accuracy rates on human remains detection according to a study in the Journal of Forensic Anthropology. Dogs’ noses are so sensitive that they are often able to aid authorities when human detection fails. A dog’s sense of smell is said to be over a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. Compared to 5 million olfactory receptors in the human nose, canines have a whopping 220 million.
Given these facts, a cadaver dog will be able to further aid authorities as yet another dismemberment investigation unfolds.