April 8, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 82

Brighton veterinarian trains dogs for police work

BRIGHTON (AP) — You know those TV shows where the lead character is a medical specialist who also solves crimes? Andrea Lautenschlager is like that, but with a twist.

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After playing the part of a fleeing suspect for training purposes, Konrad Lautenschlager uses a toy to briefly reward Senta, a Rottweiler/boxer mix trained by Andrea Lautenschlager as a search and rescue disaster dog. Lautenschlager and Senta are members of the Flint-based K-9 One group.

A Brighton veterinarian and specialist in animal surgery, Lautenschlager also trains dogs for investigations beyond the scope of police canine units.

“We have trailing dogs, disaster dogs and human remains dogs,” she told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell.

Disaster dogs, trained to assist in finding people during hurricanes, explosions and other catastrophes, are among her star pupils. They’re not nec...