Training underway teaching locals how to save animals during severe weather
An Animal Responder Boot Camp is underway at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center in Dubach and on the South Campus of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.
The course is training first responders and veterinarians how to safely and effectively save animal lives without compromising human life. Eric Thompson with Animal Search and rescue said they "have learned from many past disasters in many states that people will risk their lives to save their pets."
Thompson said rescuing animals and pets from flooding is no easy task, even if a person has been trained to save people.
"Just because someone has the ability to swim doesn't mean they have the ability to rescue [an animal] in flood waters," he said.
Thompson said people should remember to prepare emergency packages and evacuations housing for their livestock and pets.
The course is divided into three sections:
-Slack Water Rescue, April 16-17, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
-Large Animal Handling and Technical Rescue, April 18-19, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
-Pet Evacuation and Shelter Training, April 20, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Instructors suggest participants bring a safety helmet, life vest, old tennis shoes, a swimsuit, change of clothes, and towels. Dry suits are available for rent.