A 12-story condominium building in Miami, Florida recently collapsed, leaving families heartbroken. At least ten people have been found deceased, but more than 150 are still missing. Firefighters have been looking for the rubble for days, but they are unable to do so alone. As a result, several search and rescue canines have stepped forward to sniff out life amid the devastation.
These canines and their handlers frequently perform 12-hour shifts to save lives during this tragic event. These courageous heroes aren’t going down without a fight.
Dogs were dispatched to the area as quickly as possible to assist. Therapy dogs are comforting the victims’ families, while search and rescue dogs rummage through the rubble. Battalion Chief Nichole Notte and her dog Dig are one of the many brave duos on the assignment. They have been working nonstop to save as many victims as possible.
Notte and Dig began working 45 minutes after the structure collapsed. According to witnesses, the collapse occurred suddenly, and half of the building was crushed to dust within seconds. Dig assisted his human in the search for 12 hours, but they knew they had to keep trying. They’ve subsequently returned for 16-hour shifts every day, sleeping only during breaks.
Of course, Dig isn’t the only canine involved in this tragedy. Oreo is another police canine who is assisting in the search for survivors. Firefighters are also experimenting with radar and sonar gadgets to aid in the hunt.
The relatives of the 150 missing individuals have no choice but to wait for answers, fearful of the worst. Dig, Oreo, and the other search and rescue dogs will remain hopeful as they sniff the rubble. After all, there may be other survivors.
While officials are attempting to find survivors first, there is some evidence about the cause of the collapse. According to a 2018 engineering analysis, the building’s garage suffered substantial structural damage. Some of the concrete columns and walls were cracked, according to the report. A 2020 study later stated that the building has most likely been sinking since the 1990s.
Many people are still in shock as a result of this horrific catastrophe. It is thought that approximately 134 persons in the building have been accounted for, but over 150 remain unaccounted for. That is why teams like Notte and Dig will continue to devote as much time as possible to save lives during this challenging time.
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