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Columbia dog mauling case highlights lack of standards for animals up for adoption, some experts say

Columbia dog mauling case highlights lack of standards for animals up for adoption, some experts say

After police linked a Columbia woman’s death this week to a mauling by a pit bull she recently brought home, some animal behavior experts say the apparent attack highlights a gaping problem: There are no uniform rules for screening the millions of animals that go through shelters every year.

Little is known about this dog, though most animal shelters locally and around the nation assess their dogs’ temperament before putting them up for adoption. However, the prevailing tests that subject dogs to potentially unpleasant conditions have little conclusive science behind them and results can be widely interpreted, the experts say. A move to invest more time in learning about the animals...

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