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NYPD K-9s Doin Search at Deadly Wash. Mudslide

Two NYPD police dogs on Tuesday became the newest addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s search and rescue team after the devastating mudslides in Washington State, according to cops.

Both Hondo, a six-year-old German Shepherd, and Timoshenko, a three-year old German Shepherd, were assigned to the recently created Detection Team, which will assist in recovery efforts after the March 22 disaster that has killed at least 30.

In January 2010, another rescue unit consisting of 80 members of the NYPD, including four search dogs, were deployed to Haiti to assist in search and rescue efforts after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, cops said.

The team members conducted six rescue missions, one of which was within hours of arrival in Haiti, according to authorities.

K-9 Timoshenko was named in honor of Detective Russel Timoshenko, who was killed in the line of duty on July 9, 2007, according to police.

The K-9 rescue unit has been previously deployed to numerous major weather related incidents that included hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina, and the Oklahoma City bombing, police said.

Republished with permission of The New York Post