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Although police departments and other public service agencies are typically underfunded, they often have a range of vehicles at their disposal: speed-friendly cruisers, chunky investigation labs, K-9 units, and so on. Nonprofits, on the other hand, don't always have such resources -- which is why we're particularly happy to see that Subaru has donated a specially rigged Outback to the Gainesville, Florida chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The Outback will serve as the ASPCA's crime scene investigation unit. Whether the organization is examining a pet injured under questionable circumstances or a bird that died of mysterious causes, the ASPCA's Outback will be there to help. Among the gadgetry Subaru installed is an evidence refrigerator, an onboard computer, and an examination table that slides out the open hatch. As an added bonus for animal lovers, Subaru made sure that the car's interior is animal product free, meaning that cats, dogs, and other creatures will be carted about on non-leather seats.
Not surprisingly, the ASPCA is thrilled with its new wheels. Senior director for Veterinary Forensics Dr. Melinda Merck said, "We needed a vehicle that allows us to reach some of the crime scenes where our larger unit cannot.... We needed something that could carry people, supplies and evidence, and the custom Outback exceeded those goals."
The vehicle will be based in Gainesville, but it will be used throughout Florida to examine both animals and crime scenes.
[USAToday, which we read when we have to]