German Shepherd Saved Thousands of Freezing Turtles During Snow Storm

Texas was hit by an unusual winter storm, which covered most of the state in snow and ice and left many residents without power or water for several days, writes ilovemydogsomuch.The winter weather not only affected people, but it also had an impact on wildlife, particularly sea turtles.

Sadly, over 9,000 sea turtles were discovered cold-stunned in the waters off the coast.Many people died, and thousands needed emergency medical care.Nearly 5,000 turtles were saved thanks to the efforts of many nonprofit sea turtle rehabilitation facilities and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Texas Game Wardens.

Saul aka Salsa, a German Shepherd trained detection dog for K9s 4 Conservation, was also on the scene to assist the people in assisting the turtles.Saul used his keen scent to search for cold-stunned sea turtles in the water, and he has helped save the lives of dozens of turtles since the cold weather hit.

Without rescue, the sea turtle population on South Padre Island “would have been decimated by the cold, wiping out four decades of conservation work to protect the region’s threatened turtles, which also face dangers from boat strikes and entanglement in fishing gear,” according to National Geographic.

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