by Wendy Rhodes
Infrared drone helps Big Dog Ranch locate trapped dog
LOXAHATCHEE GROVES – Rescue workers did not see him — nobody did.
They couldn’t hear the little dog either — starving, dehydrated, too weak to even whine.
He was buried, trapped in the rubble under a broken air-conditioner amid piles of debris that lay sad testament to the strength of the Category 5 hurricane that in September virtually destroyed Marsh Harbor in the Abacos.
There were still people to be found, possible survivors of the 600 still missing. In the midst of such widespread and heartbreaking loss, the needs of animals often come last.
But against all odds, Friday morning around 9:30 a.m. — more than a month after Hurricane Dorian blew through with unprecedented fury — the little dog was found.
By a drone.
Workers from Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves waded through broken appliances, sharp nails and glass until they reached the location where the drone detected a tiny patch of heat.
MARSH HARBOR, BAHAMAS (CBS12) — A drone helped rescue a miracle dog trapped under buildings in the Bahamas.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue is using technology and special recovery teams to locate and save dogs trapped under debris in Marsh Harbor after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the island, according to a news release.
One recent rescue is a dog found trapped under an air conditioner and building debris that was rushed to the ranch to receive lifesaving medical treatment and nourishment, according to Big Dog Ranch Rescue.
“What an incredible story that we were able to discover this dog alive after being trapped for so long. We are using the latest technology for our recovery teams to locate these animals. In this case, drones played a key role,” says Big Dog Ranch Rescue Founder and President Lauree Simmons.
Simmons says the dog is alive but emaciated.
According to a news release, this is the 138th dog saved by Big Dog Ranch Rescue in the Bahamas and it is working with the Humane Society in the Bahamas to clear shelter space so new dogs can be placed there.
“Big Dog Ranch Rescue will continue to transport dogs from the facility and will continue to provide vital life-saving supplies to the Bahamas. We encourage dog and animal lovers to visit BDRR.org and to support the rescue effort by making a donation of money or supplies. Bahamas dogs are available for adoption,” the organization said in a news release.