Search dogs aiding efforts after Texas flooding need care

KRQE News 13

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Veterinarians are on hand to care for the dogs that are helping search teams look for those missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas.

Eight dogs are helping scour dense woods and the debris and destruction left behind by the Blanco River in Wimberley. Medical teams are present to tend to the humans’ injuries, and veterinarians are caring for dogs injured along the way.

Search team Texas Task Force 1 spokesman Will Welch says the dogs are indispensable for covering vast amounts of ground quickly and effectively.

But Dr. Deb Zoran of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team says the dogs will cross dangerous surfaces, dehydrating and injuring their feet, without paying any attention. So the dogs get their paws wrapped with duct tape to offer some protection.

In this still image taken from video, Luna, a black lab and rescue dog for Texas Task Force 1, walks with protective tape on her paws Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Wimberley, Texas. Veterinarians are on hand to care for the dogs that are helping search teams look for those missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas. (AP Photo/John Mone) In this still image taken from video, Luna, a black lab and rescue dog for…

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