In an attempt to track down individuals linked to animal abuse, scientists and animal-rights advocates have established a Canine DNA Database. The database, Canine Codis, is similar to a fingerprint database.
It can be used to link individual dogs to several known dogfighting bloodlines. The project was developed following the largest dogfighting raid last year, which included dogs in 7 states. More than 400 dogs were tested, and the results showed that many were related.
While DNA evidence will not guarantee a conviction in a criminal case, it can certainly provide supportive evidence. Read the full story here.