WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Veterinarians are on hand to care for the dogs that are helping search teams look for those missing from the Memorial Day weekend floods in Central Texas.
Eight dogs are helping scour dense woods and the debris and destruction left behind by the Blanco River in Wimberley. Medical teams are present to tend to the humans' injuries, and veterinarians are caring for dogs injured along the way.
Texas Task Force One spokesman Will Welch says the dogs are indispensable for covering vast amounts of ground quickly and effectively.
But Dr. Deb Zoran of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team says the dogs will cross dangerous surfaces, dehydrating and injuring their feet, without paying any attention. So the dogs get their paws wrapped with duct tape to offer some protection.