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K9 unit receives a helping hand from fellow rescuers

KEESEVILLE - The Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K9 Unit recently traveled to Saratoga County for Galway Volunteer Fire Department's Safety Day where they met with representatives of NorthEast Mobile Search and Rescue, based in Clifton Park.

NEMSAR vice president and K9 handler Kathy Barton presented a $200 donation from their group to Champlain Valley Search and Rescue co-founder Shannon Bresett. The donation was for Oakland, a dog from the Keeseville unit which Bresett handles. The 2-year-old German Shepherd was severely injured in a training exercise and is now undergoing extensive surgeries to repair the damage.

"We are deeply touched by the outpouring of support for Oakland ... This act of goodwill shows that while there may be many search groups throughout New York State that we have that sense of family and that many of us will come to a call of arms to help a fallen comrade," said Bresett.

Oakland was scheduled to undergo further surgeries in late October, and, if all goes well, is expected to make a full recovery and be back to climbing the Adirondack High Peaks by next spring.

Donations are still being accepted for Oakland's medical expenses and may be sent in care of the Champlain Valley Search and Rescue K9 Unit to 27 Beach St., Keeseville N.Y. 12944. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, contact the unit at 314-6756 or visit their Web site at www.champlainvalleyk9unit.com.

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