September 28, 2001
Animal Planet Rescue Dispatched to Aid Recovery Dog Teams in
New York City
- Animal Planet Rescue, an 80-foot mobile disaster relief vehicle
complete with an emergency team, has been dispatched to New York City to
support the ongoing efforts of recovery dog teams at the Staten Island
landfill where workers are sifting through materials for evidence.
Since arriving in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 25, Animal Planet Rescue has
served as the command post for the volunteer canine recovery teams Rescue
International, which is coordinating volunteer canine recovery teams for the
New York Police Department. The NYPD requested the use of the Animal Planet
Rescue vehicle at the Staten Island landfill to provide shelter and
veterinary care for the dogs.
Animal Planet Rescue is a coordinated partnership between the Animal Planet
cable network and the American Humane Association (AHA) to provide disaster
relief services to areas around the country in need of animal assistance.
According to Ben Drotar, who is leading Animal Planet Rescue's on-site
emergency animal relief efforts in New York, Rescue International is using
Animal Planet Rescue to coordinate all dispatches, communications and the
overall relief efforts for the assigned recovery teams. The Animal Planet
Rescue vehicle is equipped with a mobile vet clinic, specialized animal
rescue equipment, rescue rafts and boats, as well as water tanks, animal
feed and kennels and corrals to house rescued animals. In addition, this
command center can house up to eight rescue personnel.
Currently, volunteers from law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams from
across the country make up the canine recovery teams working at the Staten
Island landfill site. A veterinarian is also already on board Animal Planet
Rescue, providing medical care, stabilization and decontamination services
to the recovery dogs while they are working the site.
"Animal Planet Rescue provides needed animal services and assistance to
communities who have experienced major disasters. The recent tragedy in New
York has affected the city and the entire nation in very profound ways and
we wanted to contribute to the recovery effort in any way we could," said
Michael Cascio, general manager and executive vice president, Animal Planet.
"We all need to do anything in our power to help the families affected by
this tragedy," stated Dr. Lynn Anderson, vice-president, AHA's Animal
Protection Services. "Our assistance is needed now and indefinitely, and we
are committed to providing as much support to Rescue International and the
NYPD as possible."