Searching for lost pets after Colombia's deadly landslides

Veterinarians join the rescue effort in Mocoa where a landslide destroyed communities and killed 301, as vulnerable animals search for food and shelter.

Volunteers worked to help bring cats and dogs to shelters where veterinarians, aided by police offered hydration, food, vaccinations and medicine against parasites.

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A rescuer carries his dog on a street destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Dwait to be vaccinated during an emergency vaccination programme following mudslides in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 6, 2017. The landslide hit last week after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area and leaving, up to now, 306 dead, of which 92 are children. / AFP PHOTO / LUIS ROBAYO (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Police Chief of Canines in Putumayo Province, Catalina Riasco Montenegro, said they had collected 90 canines and 28 felines by Wednesday afternoon, which they hoped to pair with their owners or otherwise would be available for adoption.

Several rivers burst their banks in the early hours of Saturday, sending water, mud and debris crashing down streets and into houses as people slept, destroying almost entirely the infrastructure of the southwestern city.

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An aerial view shows a flooded area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa, Colombia April 1, 2017. Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (L) gestures while visiting a flooded area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa, Colombia April 1, 2017. Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (4th R) gestures while visiting a flooded area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa, Colombia April 1, 2017. Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos overflies a flooded area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa, Colombia April 1, 2017. Cesar Carrion/Colombian Presidency/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits the disaster area of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Presidency Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian soldiers evacuate the victims of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visits the disaster area of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Presidency Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN ARMY (EJERCITO NACIONAL) / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) An aerial view of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Army (Ejercito Nacional) / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos holds an emergency meeting after a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Presidency Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MOCOA, COLOMBIA - APRIL 01: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - 'COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (R) visits the disaster area of a deadly landslide that happened following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo Colombia on April 01, 2017. At least 112 people dead and many others wounded and lost due to the landslide. (Photo by Colombian Presidency Press Office / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Rescue members walk during the burial of a companion who died after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains lead several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Rescue members recover a body in a house after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An excavator works by taking stones from the river, after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains, leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 2, 2017. Picture taken April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
New coffins for reburials, are seen in a cemetery after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People walk in a destroyed area after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Colombia April 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Aerial view of the mountain where the landslide originated after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa, Colombia April 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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