skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 143002 Find in a Library
Journal: Journal of Forensic Sciences  Volume:38  Issue:3  Dated:(May 1993)  Pages:726-731
Author(s): J R Lauridson; L Myers
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This case study describes the death of a 4-year-old girl who was attacked in her backyard by two strange dogs, both of mixed breed.
Abstract: The girl died of exsanguination and compressive asphyxia from bites to the neck; bite marks showed that both dogs attacked the girl. The death investigation was carried out through a multidisciplinary evaluation which examined the animals in terms of autopsy, matching of bite marks, and canine behavioral analysis. The behavioral component of the investigation focused on contributory medical conditions, past animal behavior, and physical evidence linking the dogs to the attack. In this case, predatory aggression by the dogs occurred when they were stimulated by the girl's fear to perceive her as potential prey. Thorough internal and external examination of the dogs will contribute to a reasoned public response and to providing information in potential legal proceedings. 4 figures and 7 references
Main Term(s): Death investigations
Index Term(s): Autopsy; Police
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.