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Local dog helps in Joplin recovery

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ROSHOLT (WAOW) -- Rescue dogs are playing a role in recovery efforts in Joplin, and some of those dogs come from Wisconsin.

Dennis Schenk of Rosholt and his dog, Beck, spent three days in Joplin helping out. They saw the damage right up close.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Schenk. "Not this massive."

Schenk is part of the non-profit Illinois-Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs. He's worked with the group for 15 years.  Several teams of dogs and handlers traveled to Joplin, joining a team of thousands of volunteers.

Schenk and Beck spent three days there.

"We were principally called in to assist in checking the perimeter of rubble, tornado drop sites, and bodies of water," said Schenk.

The pair worked 12 or 13 hour days, checking and clearing 15 bodies of water.

"It pretty much totaled a third of the city, so the destruction was just massive," said Schenk.

But beyond the destruction, Schenk was impressed by something else—the strength of the people in Joplin.

"There wasn't a person I came across, a resident that I came across, that didn't have a positive attitude," said Schenk.

Schenk says Beck did his job well, and that they were honored to help.

"As Americans, we help those that need help," said Schenk.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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