Rescue dogs

Three talented dogs from Northern Ireland qualify to become search and rescue dogs

The Search and Rescue Dog Association Ireland North (SARDA IN) have welcomed a number of newly qualified dogs to their rescue dog team after a weekend of rigorous assessments.

Two of their dogs – Labrador Bodhi and Collie Dexter – are qualified in mountain rescue, the highest standard awarded to volunteer search teams.

Bodhi is also skilled in lowland and collapsed structure rescue, but can now assist the team in mountain rescues when called upon to search for missing persons.

Dexter has already been rehomed as a Rainbow Rehoming rescue dog in Londonderry.

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SARDA IN volunteer manager David Fraser with Dexter

SARDA IN volunteer manager David Fraser with Dexter

Just a day after their assessments were completed, the dogs were called in to assist the Morne Mountain Rescue Team and the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Polsa Team in the search for a high-risk missing person in the Annalong area.

The missing person was located shortly thereafter and transferred for medical attention.

SARDA IN volunteers have also welcomed Bee, a one-year-old collie, to their list of qualified cadaver dogs, meaning she can help search for human remains buried in the aftermath of natural disasters or disasters. criminal acts.

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SARDA IN volunteer manager Raph O'Connor and Bee


SARDA IN volunteer manager Raph O’Connor and Bee

SARDA IN volunteer manager Raph O’Connor and Bee

SARDA IN, a registered charity, is the only search and rescue dog organization registered with the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland authorized to provide search dogs for missing persons in support of the PSNI.

The charity would like to thank the public for their continued support of this vital work, as well as the external assessors for their expertise during recent assessments.