Battle Ground search dog team helps with mudslide rescue effort

Battle Ground search dog team helps with mudslide rescue effort »Play Video

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. - It's the first time back on familiar ground for the dogs that make up the Evergreen Search Dog team out of Clark County. Despite an exhausting two days in Oso, Wash., they are ready to get back to work.

Victoria Armstrong leads this all-volunteer team. She's been doing this for years but says nothing could have prepared her for what awaited her crew in Oso.

"It was mud everywhere. Destruction everywhere. Heavy equipment, workers. It was overwhelming and indescribable," Armstrong said.

But she and her dog Relic did their best in miserable conditions. The mud was so thick Armstrong had to duct tape her boots to her legs so they wouldn't get pulled right off. Relic also had her own troubles.

"At one point my dog was coming down one of those large rubble piles and she put her front paw into a large glass window. The glass shattered, and her foot went through," Armstrong said.

Her whole team made it back safe, even more prepared for the next disaster.