Search dogs are now part of the effort to find a man who may have fallen through the ice in northern Saskatchewan. Billy Taylor, 36, was last seen on the evening of Dec. 17 leaving Lac La Ronge on his snowmobile.
On Thursday, the Canadian Search and Disaster Dogs Association (CASDDA) from Edmonton joined in the effort sending four dogs and four handlers to the area after Taylor’s brother contacted the organization, asking for help.
The dogs are trained in ice rescue although this is the first real search of its kind they’ve been called to.
According to CASDDA President Richard Lee, a search area has already been identified which will help the effort.
“They managed to follow the tracks, his [Taylor’s] snowmobile tracks and then they reached a place where the ice was getting too thin and there was open water beyond that so the belief is that he and his snowmobile likely fell through the ice at some point and that’s where the search efforts will be concentrated on,” explained Lee.
Members of CASDDA arrived in Lac La Ronge Wednesday evening and will search throughout the day Thursday and Friday.
The open water where the snowmobile tracks led to has since frozen over.
According to Lee,the dogs aren’t able to smell through the ice but can pick up scent through porous ice or cracks in the ice surface.
CASDDA is a non-profit organization. It has dispatched dogs to aid in search efforts across Canada and also assisted in rescue efforts in Nepal following the April 25, 2015 earthquake.
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