31 Mar '14, 6am

Search dogs take break from US mudslide recovery, risk being overworked

Search dogs take break from US mudslide recovery, risk being overworked

DARRINGTON (Washington) — Families coping with the loss of friends and neighbours sought comfort yesterday (March 30) in church services, while crews searched for more victims of the mudslide that buried the mountainside community of Oso, in rural Washington state, more than a week ago. Many of the dogs that have been essential in the search will take a two-day break, rescue crews said. Days of working in the cold and rain have taken their toll on the animals, and officials say the dogs can lose their sensing ability if overworked. “The conditions on the slide field are difficult, so this is just a time to take care of the dogs,” said Ms Kris Rietmann, a spokeswoman for the team working on the eastern portion of the slide, which hit March 22 about 55 miles (90km) north-east of Seattle and is one of the deadliest in US history. Dogs from the Federal Emergency Management Age...

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