THE DEATH TOLL IN OSO REMAINS AT 36... 10 PEOPLE ARE
SEARCH ADMINISTRATORS SAY THAT MUCH OF THE PROGRESS
THAT HAS BEEN MADE...
WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE WITHOUT THE HELP OF RESCUE
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT WITH
MORE DETAILS ON THE IMPACT SPOKANE RESCUE DOGS HAVE
HAD IN OSO.
MELISSA- THE DOGS AND THEIR HANDLERS OF INTERMOUNTAIN
SEARCH DOGS PUT IN HOURS OF TRAINING EACH MONTH TO
PREPARE FOR ANYTHING.
THEY MOSTLY DO SEARCH AND RESCUE FOR THE SPOKANE COUNTY
BUT WHEN THE DEVASTATION FROM THE MUDSLIDE STRUCK...
THEY KNEW THEY COULD HELP.
The level of destruction, the devastation, the energy
in that slide was phenomenal.
PHOEBE DUKE AND HER DOG
PORTER ARE PART OF THE INTERMOUNTAIN
JUST DAYS AFTER THE MUDSLIDE... THEY WERE IN OSO...
WORKING TO RECOVER VICTIMS.
We looked at the pictures and we kinda thought, oh
yeah we know what we're going for, and we got there
and it was just like, wow!
BOTH THE DOGS AND THEIR HANDLERS SPENT LONG DAYS SEARCHING
THROUGH THICK MUD AND DEBRIS... THAT IN MANY CASES
WENT ALL THE WAY TO THE DOGS STOMACHS...
"That search without dogs would have been pretty much
THE DOGS WERE SUCCESSFUL IN RECOVERING BODIES... AS
WELL AS CLEARING AREAS SO RESCUE CREWS COULD FOCUS
ON HIGH PROBABILITY AREAS.
THEIR INTELLIGENCE AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES... LEADING
"I was watching him sometimes in awe. Walking on little
four and five inch little tiny logs covered with stuff
and he's up there working and searching and then he'd
come down and check underneath.
THROUGH IT ALL... KEEPING VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES
When we could bring some closure to them, there's
nothing like that. That's what we put in those endless
hours for. It's an incredible feeling to be able to
offer that, as tragic as it is.
THE HOURS SPENT SEARCHING THROUGH THE MUDSLIDE WAS
PHYSICALLY EXHAUSTING... AND AT TIMES EMOTIONALLY
You had to compartmentalize it, and do your job and
work, and then when you come home, that's when it's
hard when the reality hits you, that was someone's
child you were looking for, someone's grandmother."
BUT AS HARD AS IT WAS, THEY WOULD GLADLY GO BACK.
It was very difficult but... it was an honor, it was
an honor to go.
ALL OF THE WORK DONE BY INTERMOUTAIN SEARCH DOGS IS
COMPLETELY VOLUNTEER BASED.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE ORGANIZATION...
YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO SO...
BY GOING TO KXLY DOT COM AND CLICKING ON NEWSLINKS.
REPORTING FROM THE SKYDECK, CAITI CURREY KXLY 4 NEWS.