Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: Dog Scent Line Ups
It is semi-legit. As the article basically says, dogs need some kind of record keeping to track real accuracy along with tests/trials/certifications. Nothing of the sort exists. I've know of a few hounds that had excellent tracking and discrimination abilities. I'd hardly say flawless though. I've also know someone that couldn't find a potroast if it was sitting in front of them.
Until there is some kind of tests/trials/certs for all trackers, at least court admissible evidence then I think it is bunk to try to use it in court. If I was a member of a jury, or heck a criminal prosecutor I'd be willing to put some faith in, say a 97% accuracy rating...but if the dog has a 74% accuracy rating the best I'd use that for is maybe suspecting a person, but that isn't hard evidence (hell a 97% isn't hard evidence if it is the ONLY evidence when convicting someone of murder. If there is other stuff to back it up, sure, but not without).