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Friday, October 15, 2010

LACFD: Shelter-Turned-Search Dog Pearl ASPCA Dog of the Year - CA-TF2

ASPCA Dog of the Year
A 4-year-old black Labrador retriever named Pearl was surrendered by her owner to a local animal shelter and joined the thousands of animals without a home.
LACFD CA-TF2 SAR Dog
"Pearl"

Luckily, Pearl was discovered by volunteers from the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) based in Ojai, Calif., and quickly completed her training and certification as a search dog.

In July 2008, she met her handler and life companion, Ron Horetski of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
On July 14, 2010, Horetski and Pearl were deployed as part of the Los Angeles County Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) team to save victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The CA-TF2 team spent over two weeks in Haiti; Horetski and Pearl, along with six other SDF canine disaster search teams, spent hours each day searching for victims trapped alive under the rubble.

Pearl and the other SDF teams dug through concrete and debris—as far as four stories below the surface—and helped bring 12 people to safety.

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