Study Tracks Health of Rescue Dogs, Handlers Involved in Searches at World Trade Center and Pentagon
Wednesday, March 20, 2002
PHILADELPHIA When the World Trade Center and sections of the Pentagon came crashing down Sept. 11, the rubble left for rescuers was laden with asbestos, diesel fuel, PCBs and countless other toxins. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now begun a three-year study of the search-and-rescue mission effects on rescue dogs and their handlers.
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