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Supreme Court sides with drug-sniffing dog

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo in ruling that police do not have to extensively document a dog’s expertise to justify relying on the animal to search someone’s vehicle.

The unanimous court overturned a Florida Supreme Court ruling. That court had thrown out a 2006 search of a truck after Aldo ‘‘alerted’’ to the smell of drugs, saying police must compile detailed evidence of the dog’s reliability before establishing probable cause to search the truck.

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