After the Surfside Tower collapsed, working dogs are in search of survivors


The collapse of the Surfside building in Florida created a wide variety of first responders, not all of whom are human. Dogs have been involved in work roles for many years and are often brought on stage when tragedy strikes.

Two different types of search and rescue dogs work closely with first aiders. The third type of dog is seen outside the rubble and works with survivors and victim families.

The first type seeks out the living who are trapped or injured. They are able to maneuver more treacherous areas and use their keen sense of smell to search for survivors. They then alert their human counterparts who are able to put in place a plan to save these individuals. Numerous dogs with this specialty have worked in the scene.

The second type of search and rescue dogs that can be found in the rubble are known as human remains, or cadavers, K-9. Her specialty is to locate the deceased so that they can be rescued and buried by their relatives. There are three K-9 carcasses on site in Florida.

On Monday, the official death toll stands at eleven people, with over 150 people still missing.

After the tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, many first responders were called to the scene, including three different types of dogs to help with search-and-rescue and therapy purposes.

Unlike the other two types of local dogs, the third type is seen in family members who provide emotional support. The stress and anxiety caused by tragedy and grief can get a lot under control. Dogs provide an excellent way to let their emotions flow into the dogs, while the dogs provide stability and comfort. The Boricuas de Corazon disaster relief team has brought two therapy dogs to the scene.

A variety of breeds can be spotted among other first responders, including: Greyhounds, Labrador Retrievers, Walker Coonhounds, German Shepherds, and Akbash dogs. All of these dogs share a common goal to help so many victims of the tragedy of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida.

Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by this tragedy.


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