9/11 for Suffolk SPCA, NY
The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was one of the first organizations to respond to the NYPD’s call for help ten years ago.
After the attacks on the World Trade Centre ten years ago, the Suffolk SPCA (USA) was contacted immediately to bring its mobile animal hospital to Ground Zero. They went right away and over an 8-week period performed over 1,000 treatments on 300 animals working at Ground Zero (as well as some of their caretakers). A dog’s sense of smell is generally said to be 1,000 times stronger than that of a human. This sense of smell helped the dogs as they tried desperately to find survivors in the midst of the rubble, according to River Head. During the rescue action, the animals were searching for victims on the hot and jagged remains of two buildings and got injured easily. That is why the Suffolk SPCA’s mobile animal hospital had to be there. According to River Head, the animals working at Ground Zero were treated for laceration, trauma from steep falls, infected eyes, irritated ears and dehydration. The animals were given booties for their paws, saline solution for their eyes etc.
Over 200 veterinarians from all over the country worked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering treatment and rest to the many K9 units who came to work at Ground Zero.
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Text source: River Head; image source: flickr.com