Pups help crews save people from avalanches on Wasatch Front

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 11, 2017 at 12:40 p.m.



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PROVO, Utah (AP) — Four specially trained rescue dogs stationed at Sundance Mountain Resort help crews respond to avalanches and other winter disasters.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports (http://bit.ly/2n705CC ) that the dogs and their handlers are on call every day in the winter, ready to help respond to disasters from Ogden to Spanish Fork and any other part of the Wasatch Front.

For the dogs, which were selected by Wasatch Backcountry Rescue when they were puppies, the rescues are fun. The patrol pups dig in snow drifts, sniff around the woods and run through snow drifts in exchange for rewards. For the dog's handlers, it's less fun and more work.

Tracy Christensen, who handles a black lab named Jagger, has to stay up-to-date on the latest training and avalanche rescue techniques in order to remain an effective rescue program member.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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