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A multidisciplinary investigation of chronic animal abuse: Collaboration between veterinary forensics and forensic anthropology.

Authors
  • Smith-Blackmore, Martha1, 2
  • Bethard, Jonathan D3
  • 1 Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, North Grafton, MA, USA.
  • 2 Forensic Veterinary Investigations, LLC, Boston, MA, USA.
  • 3 Department of Anthropology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of forensic sciences
Publication Date
Sep 28, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.14576
PMID: 32986863
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

An unknown juvenile female mixed breed dog was found non-ambulatory on a dead-end street in an urban setting adjacent to a public park. During initial veterinary examination, she was assessed to have untreatable injuries and was humanely euthanized. The forensic veterinarian requested consultation from a forensic anthropologist to assist with documenting antemortem skeletal trauma. Analyses of skeletal tissues indicated numerous injuries in various stages of healing diagnostic of non-accidental injuries. Veterinary forensic cases may benefit from collaborative analysis of bony remains by forensic anthropologists. © 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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