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Dogs Still Searching For Mudslide Victims

Rick Wilking/AP Photo

Rick Wilking/AP Photo

The search dogs at the devastating scene in Washington have been working through mud and rain are getting a much needed rest.  The search and rescue dogs are the unsung heroes. They work through treacherous conditions and provide an invaluable service to the searchers.

The search dogs that have been working through mud and rain to find victims of the Washington landslide are being given a two-day break to recover from exhaustion and keep their senses sharp.

The canine heroes and their human companions have been trudging through the deep mud and have been working in grueling conditions that have been exacerbated by cold and rain.

Kris Rietmann, a spokeswoman for the Washington Department of Transportation who has been deployed to the scene of the March 22 mudslide, said the dogs can lose their sensing abilities if they are overworked.

“The conditions on the slide field are difficult, so this is just a time to take care of the dogs,” she told the Associated Press.

Dogs that arrived more recently from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will continue working while the local canine team gets some rest, she said.

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