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Parents of Roger Dunn Sue Niagara County Officials After They Used Son's Remains for Dog Training

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The parents of a man who was killed in a car crash are suing Niagara County officials after part of his remains were used to train a police dog. 

Roger Dunn, 32, died in Cambria after an automobile accident on April 13, 2012. His body was taken to the office of Niagara County Coroner Russell Jackman. Jackman gave some of Dunn's tissue to volunteer firefighter Vincent Salerno as Salerno was trying to train a dog to track human remains.

The parents of Dunn, Danny and Anita, had no idea his body was used for training the dog and only found out after media reports were released.

Jackman and Salerno were fined $1,000 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They have also resigned from their positions and have been charged with misdemeanors.

Dunn's parents filed the lawsuit with Michael Dowd, an attorney from Lewiston. 

Dowd said the suit is seeking compensation for emotional and physical damages but there is not a specific amount listed.

Sources: Daily Mail, AP