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Phoenix Fire dispatches two search dog crews to Washington state

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

The death toll in the Washington state mudslide has climbed to 30 victims.

Two valley rescue dogs have been sent to help in the search and rescue recovery efforts.

"The dogs can smell things that are down below, 15-20 feet down. You've seen those pictures of people walking in the mud, and they can't get around.They've got backhoes; we can send dogs out, and they can cover that area in no time," said Dana Medlin with Phoenix Fire.

The dogs are able to do that because of the training they do. At home, they work for treats, scouring all kinds of area's and situations looking for things hidden.

They are extraordinarily good at what they do; it's why their work in Washington state is so helpful.

Rogue and Booter both left with their handlers at 6 a.m. Thursday, they'll join a group of 20 other search dogs from around the country.

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