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Search and Rescue K-9’s

When someone goes missing there is no time to waste, that’s when police like to call in their K-9 reinforcement to help.

Search and Rescue K-9’s
 

September 21, 2012

Steuben County (WENY) - When someone goes missing there is no time to waste, that's when police like to call in their K-9 reinforcement to help. Three weeks ago police and search and rescue crews discovered the body of missing woman Melissa Sherry. At that point she had been missing for almost a week and police needed help finding her. That's when the cops called in man's best friend, who have a unique tool for searching. These dogs train for two years, and to them it's one big game of hide and go seek.

      Catherine Mustico and her dog Logan work as a team to find missing people as fast as possible. The duo was part of the search and rescue crews that found Melissa sherry. Steuben county sheriffs office say her services were vital to the search.

      “Tremendous they save us so much time their sent their ability to smell some people and smell some gases to track people limits the amount of time we spend up there to find these people,” Says Steuben County Undersheriff Ray Dell.

      Dogs have an ability to separate smells, making it easy for them to distinguish human scents from everything else. Humans shed thousands of skin cells that carry a unique smell and that's what dogs like Logan look for.

      All the training and all the work is for one goal, to help find people in trouble.

       “We're all out for the same goal which is to find Melissa sherry against all odds alive or to bring closure to her family,” says Mustico.

      “I wish we could have found Melissa alive but we were still able to get some closure to the family relatively quickly,” says Dell.

       If anyone is interested in seeing if their dog has what it takes to become a rescue dog email Catherine Mustico at cathymustico@gmail.com or visit the facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/SouthernTierSearchAndRescueK9s