ASHEVILLE NC – Even as search and recovery dogs are being used in the search for victims of the Moore, Okla., tornadoes, training of such dogs is ongoing at Western Carolina University. Each spring, the university’s Division of Educational Outreach offers two sessions of “cadaver dog” training that draws search and recovery dogs and their human handlers from across the eastern U.S. to Cullowhee for several days of intense classroom and field work.
Both handlers and program instructors are available for reporters interested in interviewing them on topics related to search and recovery. Those attending include:
· Brad Dennis from the KlassKids Foundation, who specializes in searches for missing children
· Several handlers from Missouri who were involved in the Joplin, Mo., tornado recovery in 2011.