9/11 Search-and-Rescue Dogs Largely Unaffected from Exposure to Disaster Sites
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, researchers headed by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Dr. Cynthia Otto, D.V.M., Ph.D. have been tracking the health of search-and-rescue dogs deployed to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Fresh Kills Landfill site on Staten Island, where debris from Ground Zero was further searched. Almost five years after the attacks, researchers report the search-and-rescue dogs that were deployed at the disaster sites have not suffered measurable health effects. Preliminary findings were published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s September 15, 2004 issue.
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