Can dogs sniff out old evidence and connect it to the accused?

Katherine Scardino, a veteran Houston defense attorney posted this interesting question, "Is Rover Reliable?" on the Women in Crime Ink blog. Seems in one of Scardino's upcoming cases, prosecutors may be planning to use a sniff test with Scardino's client and evidence that as she says, "has been stored in cans in an abandoned jail since 1994...The bottom line is this: Can a dog smell your scent and then sniff the 15 year old evidence and make a valid connection between your scent and the evidence?"
Guess we'll find out. As an aside, Scardino, who has represented more than her share of capital murder defendants, was dubbed Queen of the Good Ol' Boys by the Houston Press a decade ago.

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