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Labrador Dog Named Tango Appears In Witness Stand For Murder Trial

04/04/2014 14:37 | Updated 04 April 2014

A Labrador is reported to have appeared in a court of law in an effort to identify his owner's murderer.

The nine-year-old hound named Tango was allegedly brought to the witness stand by a vet during a preliminary hearing of the murder trial.

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Tango the Labrador appeared at a preliminary hearing at a court in Tours, France (file picture)

A second dog of the same age and breed named Norman was also brought in as a “control group” so as to compare their reactions.

The Local translates the following comments from the suspect’s lawyer Gregoire Lafarge: “So if Tango lifted his right paw, moved his mouth or his tail, is he recognising my client or not?

“I find it very troubling for the French legal system. If a judge ignores the demands of reason and surrounds himself with experts who are unreasonable, well the system becomes very dangerous.”

Unsurprisingly, the experiment was deemed a complete failure and both hounds have been excused from further courtroom appearances.

However it’s not the first time a dog has appeared as a witness in a murder trial.

Police believed it was a suicide but her family demanded a murder investigation and Scooby was brought in to see how he reacted to a suspect.

Scooby is reported to have “barked furiously” in the suspect’s presence, thought it is unknown how the trial panned out.

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