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See also: Zombie Dog

The Cerberus (development code: "MA-39") was an early attempt at creating a controllable Bio Organic Weapon by Umbrella USA, in a project led by the Arklay Laboratory. They should not be confused with "zombie dogs", which encompasses all dog breeds infected with any t-Virus strain in the secondary form. Pronounced as the Greek word, "Kerberos", this creature was named after the mythological guardian of Hades, a gigantic dog with three heads and a collar made of venomous snakes.


The Cerberus Project began in the early 1980s to explore the effectiveness of the β strain in creating controllable Bio-Organic Weapons. With their reliability as military animals, the Cerberus Project began with Doberman pinschers. As was the case in other B.O.W.s, the most successful candidate was subsequently cloned to ensure identical products. The Arklay Laboratory which led the Cerberus Project, trained the dogs in the courtyard to prove their effectiveness in taking orders.[2][excerpt 1] In May 1998 a t-Virus outbreak weakened the handlers' capacity to control the dogs, and they escaped after not being fed. The pack was responsible for several attacks on hikers and continued to move through the Arklay Mountains as late as July when they began stalking the S.T.A.R.S. unit sent to investigate the animal attacks.



  1. Excerpt from Inside of BIO-HAZARD, p.41: "クレイウィルスβ I型によって犬のDNAを書き換えて作られたBOW。 外見上は、 やや大きな犬といった程度でさして特徴もないが、 ウィルスによって筋力や闘争本能が飛躍的に強化されている。 また恐怖感も持たないので、 通常の軍用犬以上に銃声や痛みに対しての耐性が高く、 相手を仕留めるまで獰猛に襲いかかる。 このケルベロスは、 犬本来の持つ社会性を応用することにより戦術的な運用も可能で、 動物を宿主とした実験体のなかでは、 最も成功した部類に入る。 もともと軍用犬としての能力が高いドーベルマンを素体としたタイプがMa-39としてクローン生産されたが、 ほかの犬種を使ってのバリエーションも予定されており、 さまざまな用途に合わせたケルベロスシリーズの展開が考えられていた。 施設の中庭で集団運用のテストが行われていたが、 事故後施設より逃走し、 近隣の森で野性化していた。"
  1. 1.0 1.1 Takeo (ed.), Inside of BIO-HAZARD, p.40.
  2. Takeo (ed.), Inside of BIO-HAZARD, p.41.