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Reading Hospital to help with search, rescue training of bloodhounds

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:50:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 10:51:53 AM CDT

WEST READING, Pa. -

Reading Hospital will be helping trailing bloodhounds and their handlers advance their search and rescue abilities.

An estimated 10 working dogs and their handlers will be on site at the hospital between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 3, to practice their skills in a suburban hospital setting.

The bloodhounds assume the role of search and rescue dogs in supporting first responders, local and state police, and crisis teams in locating lost, missing or wanted people.

The training event, organized by Summit Hill Search and Rescue in collaboration with Reading Hospital, will involve the dogs following established scent trails to track down a volunteer, posing as a missing person, and distinguish that person from others in the area, officials said.

Visitors are welcome to meet the bloodhounds and learn more about their abilities as search and rescue animals when the dogs and handlers are in between trails.

The greeting and information area will be established on the north side of Reading Hospital's 7th Avenue garage.