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Canines seek FEMA search-and-rescue certification

October 21, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Elaine Sawtell, from Springfield, Mo., works through the rubble with her dog, Kachi, during the first of two twenty-minute tests for canine certification with the Federal Emergency Management Association disaster search and rescue Sunday. Sawtell, who works with the Nebraska Task Force, is one of the most experienced handlers in the country. Twenty-four handler and dog teams came from all over the country for the evaluation in Columbia.

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