Case Study : Search & Rescue Dogs

By Kathy Donaldson, trainee handler OLFACTION Using dogs to find missing people in the UK dates back to the battle fields of WW1 when dogs carrying first aid kits located injured soldiers by airborne scent. In 1965 Scottish mountaineer Hamish MacInnes founded the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) based on the Swiss concept of using dogs to find people buried in avalanches. Dogs are now used by many more organisations than SARDA, for example Lowland Recue. In Britain search dogs are used to detect deceased people both on land (cadaver dogs) and under water (drowned victim dogs) and people...

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