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Amazing dog rescue from mudslide

Rescuer hugs her dog from mudslide area
Rescuer hugs her dog from mudslide area
Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

It is not known how many people died in this week's terrible mudslide in Washington State. What is known is that any tragedy which affects people will also affect their animals. Efforts are now being made to help those animals who have been recovered.

Here is an incredible video showing the rescue of Buddy, a chocolate Lab, who in the words of his young owner, survived "my whole house falling on him." Buddy's recovery brought comfort to a family who lost their Aunt and their home and their neighborhood and friends. The family lived because they were away attending a baseball game at the time of the landslide.

Per the Everett Animal Shelter FaceBook page, they are "working with Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management and Red Cross as the primary animal welfare organization for people with lost or found animals from the Oso disaster." They are taking in small animals, reports of lost animals and donations. The shelter is suspending the usual stray hold time for animals from the mudslide affected area. Their address is 333 Smith Island Rd in Everett, across from Langus Riverfront Park.

Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic has donated veterinary staff time to help injured animals and do surgeries. Their FaceBook page has an account of the animal rescue efforts. Their veterinary "arrived [Saturday] to find 'Bonnie' the Australian Shepherd bandaged and splinted by a caring EMT, who found her trapped on her owners lap in one of the homes destroyed. Bonnie has lost one of her owners, and the other is in critical condition. She has a fractured front leg and needs a surgical plate to repair the damage. She cuddled right onto the warm laps offered in the vet truck on the ride back to the clinic and is nothing but sweet. We also have a sweet gentleman German Shorthaired Pointer who arrived today. . . and he has wounds and likely fractures in his back leg." Staff time was donated for the surgeries, but the clinic is asking for donations to cover other expenses toward the surgeries and animal care. Please stop by to donate at 896 N. Burlington Blvd. Burlington, WA 98233 or call (360)757-3722"

Livestock has had to be evacuated because of the danger of flooding. Washington State Animal Response Team (WASART) is on standby in case they are called in to assist. Washington State is very lucky to have one of the few functioning SARTs. WASART is a model for the rest of the nation.

There is a FaceBook page, Lost Pets of Snohomish Mudslide, to bring together resources.

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