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Rescued Dog Pays it Forward

Daisy, a rescued dog, will soon help others too.

Daisy, a beagle, was rescued from a car crash in October, according to RiverheadLOCAL. She was taken in by firefighter Chris Padden after being displaced. Daisy’s original owner could no longer care for her after sustaining injuries from the accident.

Even though there were numerous interested parties in adopting Daisy, Padden decided to keep her.

“She’s in a beautiful environment and I didn’t want her to be traumatized and taken out of that environment after she was in an ugly car wreck,” Denise Lucas, founder of Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter (RMTAS), told the source. Lucas facilitated the adoption.

Now Daisy is not just a pet in Padden’s home, she is the newest member of his private venture, a search and rescue team. Due to her alertness and keen sense of smell, she will be trained to be a scent-specific dog. Soon she’ll be able to sniff an article of clothing and track the scent.

Padden also cares for the other canine members of the search and rescue team.

RMTAS is a nonprofit organization that has helped Riverhead build two dog parks. Now they are collecting funds to create a state-of-the-art facility for homeless dogs and cats.

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