Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 57 Issue: 5 Dated: September 2012 Pages: 1231-1233
Pathologists at veterinary diagnostic laboratories receive medico-legal cases from a variety of animal species for postmortem examination.
Pathologists at veterinary diagnostic laboratories receive medico-legal cases from a variety of animal species for postmortem examination. A search of computerized records of the Animal Health Laboratory, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada from 1998 to 2010 identified 1,706 medicolegal cases. These were categorized according to the history as criminal investigations, anesthetic-related deaths, insurance, litigation, malpractice cases, and regulatory cases. Statistically significant linear trends in the proportion of medicolegal cases for all animals and criminal cases for companion animals were identified over the 12 year period. Companion animals had significantly greater odds of being a medicolegal case in all categories except for insurance and regulatory cases, compared to noncompanion animals. Based on pathology reports for the 271 criminal cases, 43.1 percent were consistent with neglect, 29.2 percent were compatible with non-accidental injury, 4.80 percent were poisonings, 10.7 percent were deemed to be due to natural disease, and 11.43 percent were inconclusive. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.
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