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Sonic the Texas Task Force II Rescue Dog

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Editor, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She received a Masters in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was co-chair for the student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the Peruvian-American Medical Society and has been published in Utne Reader magazine, the Village Voice and Pitchfork Music.

Texas Task Force II, which consists of three separate teams of 28 people, went operational in 2007 to respond to man-made and natural disasters in north Texas. Since 2010, they have been using dogs to assist with these searches. Read more about the rescue dogs of Texas Task Force II in "Rescue Dogs: The Canines and Their Handlers Who Search the Aftermath of Catastrophe" by Alex Hannaford.