A look at cadaver dogs' role in Ocean Pkwy. searches

AMITYVILLE - During last week's police search along Ocean Parkway, cadaver dogs were instrumental in finding human remains, and today News 12 Long Island got the opportunity to see how they're being trained for their grim task. Chris Padden, the team leader of Long Island K-9 Search and Rescue, trains cadaver dogs like the ones used in the Gilgo Beach search. While his team is not part of the investigation, he knows how important the dogs are in helping police find remains. Padden says the dogs' role in the search becomes especially crucial when the terrain is as rough as the one in the area of Gilgo Beach. "The dogs have the ability and the better mobility than humans do to work through that area, and on top of that, you're using a nose and a sense of smell that is hundreds of times more powerful than a human's nose," he says. Since December, eight sets of human remains were found between Gilgo and Oak beaches. Suffolk police wrapped up their search this week. On Monday, police will begin a new search at the Nassau County line involving cadaver dogs, mounted units and ladder trucks. Long Island Search and Rescue Website

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