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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1B in "k Ann Powers Staff Writer n the aftermath of Nepal's massive earthquake April 25 with a death toll expected to reach 15,000, former High Sierra Animal Rescue dog Black Pearl is on scene locating victims while authorities frantically battle ::':i.: ::: against time to save any survivors buried beneath the extensive rubble. HSAR's Lori Lotts said Pearl came to the animal shelter in 2007 and was later donated to the National Disaster Search Dog Disaster search dog Black Pearl pauses with her handler, Capt. Foundation: With her Ron Horetski of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. handler, Capt. Ron Horetski of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, she was deployed to Nepal on April 26 fonowingt° help bringpeoplewhat authoritiest° safety "We're lust extremely excited thot o sayistheworstquaketohit "ligh 5ierro Animo/ Rescue dog has. the region in 80 years. "We're just extremely excited that a High Sierragone on to do such wonderful Animal Rescue dog has gone on to d0 such wonderful thi d: thingsformankind,"said r}g$ for monldn " Lotts. Lori Lotts Like those of many rescue dogs, Pearl's early years Marketing and Development Manager weren't easy. Her first owner High Sierra Animal Rescue wasn't home very much and she frequently ran off until she was finally surrendered to Plumas County Animal program at Sundowners Then, in January 2010, they. Services. Kennel in Gilroy. traveled to Port-au-Prince in Canine behaviorist Jack "Within five minutes I Haiti and combed through Cumbra often visited Animalknew we had a winner," said acres of c0ncrete and debris Former High Sierra Animal Rescue dog Black Pearl iscurrently in Nepal as part of a • Control in Quincy on behalf NDSDF lead trainer Pluis for 16 days looking for canine-firefighter search team rescuing survivors of the magnitude-7.9 quake April 25. Photos ~f I-I~z~R-to-sol~J~dogs,~th~t .Davern. "This dog just~ ~: .... earthquake,~ictims. Together. courtesy National Disaster SearchDogFoundat~n.,~t~.;~.:,..,~;~:.: ~., ~, ~,~: .................................................. r would make good family pets.couldn't sit still. All she could with six other canine search' Hesaid Pearl was too think aboutwas finding andcrews, they rescued 12 '.'hyper" for families that retrieving the toy. If the toy people. . typically adopt from HSAR went into dense shrubs, "She's a real sweetheart," with success, but her Pearl would barrel in and Horetski said when Pearl was zealousness made her a find it." presented with the American prime candidate for the After completing her Society for the Prevention of National Disaster Search Dog training in 2008, she was Cruelty to Animals Dog of the Foundation. paired with Horetski as part Year award. "But, when we Shortly after, volunteer of the LA County Task Force. get called to a disaster and canine recruiter Penny "Pearl searches like a it's 'showtime' she gets down Woodruff met the Labrador bullet over any terrain," to business and always retriever and dubbed her Horetski stated on the performs at 100 percent. "Black Pearl" for her glossy foundation's website. Being in Haiti with her and dark coat. She evaluated the Following 10 months of having the chance to work high-strung, toy:crazy pooch intensive daffy training, the together to bring people to and determined Pearl duo attained Federal safety was amazing." possessed all the qualities Emergency Management As a result of that needed in a disaster search Agency certification in May experience, two second-grade dog-- exceptional drive, 2009, allowing them to deploy teachers in Alamo wrote a determination, athleticismto a disaster locally, book entitled "A New Job for and the ability to focus on the nationally or internatioflally. Pearl." Their students task at hand. Their first assignment came created the illustrations. HSAR cared for Pearl untiljust two months later when a The project doubled as a she was ready to enter building collapsed in La NDSDF's formal training Puente. See Pearl, page 15B YOUR PRBSBNOB IS RRQUIRBD INDIAN VA NATIONAL .... FAIRS.COM