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Michigan creates animal response team
Lansing, Mich. - Michigan created a veterinary State Animal Response Team (SART) to act as first responders during emergencies and disasters.
LANSING, MICH. — Michigan created a veterinary State Animal Response Team (SART) to act as first responders during emergencies and disasters.
"Pets, just like humans, are affected by severe weather events, acts of terrorism, chemical releases and natural disasters," says Dr. Cathy Theisen, executive director of the new program. "SART will provide emergency, specialized care for lost or harmed animals," she says.
The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, PetsMart Charities, Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Department of Agriculture collaborated to create the non-profit organization.
To kick off the program, a two-day summit on May 14-15 attracted more than 110 professionals, who began training with police, fire and medical first responders.
Michigan joins 22 other states with similar veterinary emergency teams, created after the 2005 hurricanes in Gulf Coast states.