Fundraiser Friday for avalanche dogs from Sierra-At-Tahoe

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - With another winter storm brings the possibility of another avalanche. During the last snow storm, Squaw Valley had an avalanche that buried 5 snowboarders and skiers. Luckily, they all survived.

Avalanches are unexpected and can happen at any time. Sierra-At-Tahoe has dogs that are trained to find people who are buried in an avalanche. The dogs attend school, where they learn to find people buried under snow and they get certified if they can find them under a set time.

The ski patrol at Sierra-At-Tahoe says having these dogs during an avalanche can make all the difference in saving a life.

"They can make a world of difference," said Ski Patroller Tim Owen. "It is about 6 to 8 minutes of the time survival when they are buried and having a dog can help that person be found."

Taking care of these dogs and training them is not cheap. Sierra-At-Tahoe is having a fundraiser Friday, March 16, at South Lake Brewing Company at 1920 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. There is no entry fee. All you have to do is buy pizza and beer and the proceeds will go toward the maintenance and training of the avalanche dogs.

The fundraiser is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.