Collecting Cat Forensic Evidence

July's CAT FANCY discussed cat CSI. See the tools and techniques cat forensics teams use.

Posted: May 4, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

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You’ve read in the July issue of CAT FANCY about feline CSI and how a veterinary forensics team helps cats. Here are some tools and techniques investigators use to collect evidence at crime scenes:

•    BlueStar — a chemical compound that turns hidden blood into a bright, fluorescent blue color for better detection

•    BlueMaxx — an alternative light source used to find fibers, hair and fluids at crime scenes that can be used as evidence

•    Digital microscope and digital X-ray machine

•    Forensic botany — the science of using plant-related materials to help solve crimes

•    Forensic entomology — the science of using insect evidence to help solve crimes

•    Phenolphthalein — a chemical compound that causes blood to turn bright pink in color

Click here to view footage from the ASPCA’s mobile forensic van (footage courtesy of ASPCA).

Click here to see a slide show from the Elk County, Pa., animal rescue case from June 2010.
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Not guilty of crimes against cats    Ridgway, PA

5/25/2011 8:16:18 AM

Although I was unable to view the video from the Elk County cat rescue, I really don't need to, I was there. As a board member and full-time volunteer at the shelter, I was shocked that the team stormed in without having conducted an investigation beforehand. We were told to leave, and traumatized as we were, that is what we did. Imagine our surprise and shock to hear on the news, and in this article, that they drew conclusions the way they wished. Had we been there, many of the statements made in this article could have been avoided, simply by asking us questions.
There are two sides to every story, and everyone, including Cat Fancy Magazine, seems perfectly content only hearing the side of the ASPCA. It does, after all, make better news. We opted not to make their seizure of our cats a media war, but apparently we should have.
Also, check back issues of the Miami Florida Herald newspaper to see contradictory comments about Dr. Merck's reliability as an "expert" witness.
If our shelter had been even remotely like we weree portrayed in the media, I would never have been involved with it. If fact, I would have been there helping them load up the cats.

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