Veteran mountain rescue dog Rusty dies

By scott miller

EAGLE COUNTY — Rusty, a 10-year veteran trailing, scent, and cadaver dog with Vail Mountain Rescue Group, died unexpectedly Feb. 3 in Vail. Rusty is survived by Lee Bendel, his handler and rescue partner, and Lee’s wife, Linda. Rusty was born just one year after 9/11, on Sept. 3, 2002. Mindful of that tragedy and with two sons who had worked near the World Trade Center, Linda brought home a book on how to train a search and rescue dog. This was the impetus behind Rusty’s career. Lee and Linda find search and rescue so rewarding they are getting a …

Source:: Vail Daily Feed