Photos: Search Dogs and Their Handlers Face Piles of Debris, Thick Mud in Montecito

Search dogs and their handlers have been working tirelessly this week in knee-deep muck, looking for signs of hope in a bleak, desperate situation. As of Friday morning, 16 canine search teams were deployed in Montecito, slogging through mud to reach piles of debris during a week of heart-break and arduous work.

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MONTECITO, CA - JANUARY 11: An urban search and rescue team member and his dog search a home that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California. 17 people have died and hundreds hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged after massive mudslides crashed through Montecito, California early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Clancey searches through mud and debris at the site of the January 2018 Montecito mudflow.
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An urban search and rescue team member and his dog search a home that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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After trudging through deep mud and debris piles at the site of the January 2018 Montecito mudflow, a search dog is bathed.
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A Los Angeles County firefighter walks with his dog after searching through debris field from a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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An urban search and rescue team searches a home that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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An urban search and rescue team prepares to search a neighborhood that was destroyed by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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Los Angeles County urban search and rescue worker sits with her dog while taking a break from searching for victims of a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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An urban search and rescue dog searches for victims at a home destroyed by a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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An Orange County urban search and rescue team member walks with his dog as they investigate a home after a cadaver dog alerted on a pile of debris from a mudslide on January 11, 2018 in Montecito, California.
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A search-rescue dog gets a bath after slogging through mud at the site of the deadly Montecito mudflow in January 2018.
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Search dogs and their handlers regroup before their next deployment at the site of the Montecito mudflow in January 2018.
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A search-rescue dog and handler at the site of the deadly Montecito mudflow in January 2018.
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