DALLAS TX - DNA COULD LEAD TO THE OWNER OF THE DOGS THAT MAULED ANTOINETTE BROWN TO DEATH
DALLAS — Dallas police are going high-tech in an attempt to connect a pack of dogs to the deadly mauling of 52-year-old Antoinette Brown.
In a statement released Tuesday, A.C. Gonzalez said Antoinette Brown, 52, died from injuries she suffered in the attack.
"The dogs we believe attacked Ms. Brown are now in DAS custody, but the loose dog problem continues in southern Dallas," Gonzalez said. "We are determined to find out what happened in this tragic situation so that we can bring irresponsible owners to account for their animals, if ownership can be proven."
Authorities say they're turning to animal DNA forensics.
"The process of DNA analysis has been around for a long time," said Cedric Moses, owner of Pet CSI. "It's just that DNA being used in pet analysis is new to the public."
Dog DNA has a unique genetic code, just like humans, and police can use it in criminal cases. There's even a push for a national DNA Database for dogs.
PET CSI is a Dallas-based company.
Moses talked to us via Skype from Africa, where he's on a trip to expand animal DNA testing.
"We do not do anything any different than when human DNA is collected from when you do pet DNA," he said.
Animal DNA is processed in lab just like human DNA and experts say has the same level of accuracy.
If the Dallas Police Department can link the dogs to Brown's death, the owners can be charged with a second degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
Sharon Robertson lives in the neighborhood where the dogs attacked Brown.
"They should be charged with murder," she said. "The dogs did it. Anybody's dogs that kill somebody, they ought to be charged with something and it shouldn't be minor."
Robertson is one of many neighbors who has spoken out after the attack. Residents say they complained to the city multiple times about the vicious dogs running loose.
"When they killed my cats they had them in their mouths, had my little kittens in their mouths," Robertson said.
It could take up to eight weeks for Dallas police to get the DNA results back.
In the meantime, they'll keep the dogs in quarantine and out of a terrified neighborhood.