Thursday 14 December 2017

Meet Max, the search and rescue dog for Dublin Civil Defence, donated by the Peggy Mangan Foundation

Peggy Mangan

Meet Max, the Search and Rescue Dog that is being donated to the Dublin Civil Defence by the Peggy Mangan Foundation.

The foundation was set up in honour of tragic Mrs Mangan (65) who set out for her daily walk with her ‘best friend’ - Cavalier King Charles, Casper - but failed to return.

A search ensued when the Alzheimer's patient went missing, with gardai and search dogs tasked, yet her body was found four days later in early October in the grass near Ikea, Ballymun.

Her adored 10-year-old pet was alive standing guard by her side but died hours later in the care of a vet.

Now Max is being handed over to Dublin Civil Defence to help with search and rescue operations.

The foundation says donating such a dog was one of their early goals.

"We are so looking forward to the handover. What a major step forward for search and rescue in Dublin," the foundation said.

The foundation added: "We know that Max will make a difference....the dog is just awesome, so intelligent, it just asks the question as to why Search and Rescue dogs are not used more."

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