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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Search and rescue dogs visit the library for a skill demonstration

Search and Rescue Dog Demonstration at the Pleasant Hill Library
     Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library for a unique and educational program involving search and rescue dogs on Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m.  Attendees will witness a live demonstration of the talent and precision of an actual search and rescue dog.  This event is presented the The Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association (MinnSARDA).
     The Minnesota Search & Rescue Dog Association, has grown to be one of the most recognized K9 Search and Rescue teams in Minnesota and the surrounding areas. Established in 1981, the unit provides specially trained dog/handler teams to assist public safety agencies in lost person searches and homicide investigations. 
     The K9's of MinnSARDA and their handlers live, train and work together. These highly trained search K9s are owned and cared for by their handlers. It is imperative that a strong relationship built on trust exists between a handler and their K9 partner in order for them to work most effectively as a team. Special training works to focus our K9's extraordinary sense of smell to specifically detect human scent. The K9's endurance, heightened night vision, ranging ability and acute sense of hearing in combination with trailing, tracking or air scent training enables a K9 team to search large areas in a variety of terrain efficiently. 
     There is no charge for the event, and no registration is required.  Donations for the non profit organization will also be accepted at the presentation.  Specifically, the group is looking for size AA and D batteries, plastic baggies, gauze pads, and exam gloves.  Cash donations will also be accepted.  This event is part of the community-wide Hastings Reads event.  For more information, call the library at 651-438-0200.

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