DNA database, started in Missouri, to help curtail dogfighting

Sunday, June 27, 2010 | 5:28 p.m. CDT; updated 8:56 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 28, 2010

KANSAS CITY — A dogfighting investigation that started in Missouri last year was the impetus for a new database of DNA taken from animals seized during dogfighting investigations.

The nationwide database is intended to help link abused animals to people who breed and train dogs for fighting.

The Kansas City Star reports that the database gives investigators the ability to compare blood and other genetic material left at the scene of a fight to known samples.

The dogfighting investigation started in Missouri last year and led investigators to people in other Midwest states.

That investigation spurred the development of the DNA database, which is maintained at the University of California-Davis.

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