Dogs Help in Search For Survivors
Search Dog Foundation teams search homes in Granbury, Texas in the wake of a deadly tornado.
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Posted: May 16, 2013, 8 a.m. EDT
Keri Grant & Tucker and Laurel Pitman & Sonic were deployed early this morning to search for survivors in a town ravished by tornadoes. They searched for six hours this morning, covering at least 90 homes, and were able to declare the area "clear" of survivors so the rescue crews could move to areas where they were needed most. As of 8:30am local time, Texas Task Force 2 had searched over 130 homes.
"There is total and complete devastation all around us. Just the slabs of foundation are left - nothing else. Mobile homes are stacked on top of each other all over the place. Having lived in Texas all my life, I've seen plenty of storms, but until you're on the ground searching home to home like this, you don't realize the absolute destruction left behind,” says Grant.
"As soon as I opened that kennel door he was ready to go and hasn't wanted to stop once. It has been very gratifying to work with some of the same first responders as we did in West, TX last month - they know Tucker now and are able to ask us to search certain areas they know the dog can cover quickly and efficiently, better than humans. I couldn't be prouder of him."
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