TVNZ Close Up - Avalanche Dogs

Man's best friend becomes a lifesaver - the winter of 2009 was deadly in the Southern Alps and the cause of it all was avalanches. 

Experts say the snow pack has been highly unstable which made it an anxious time for alpine search and rescue teams including members of the land SAR search dog squad, who are always on standby.
The dogs and their handlers are tested every year to see whether they are up to the task.

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