WATCH: Stray dog trained to save hurricane victims

(Source: CNN)(Source: CNN)

(CNN) — A former stray dog-turned-search-and-rescue dog is helping in the rescue effort in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

He goes by “Sky”, but his trainer Kellee Matthews calls him the escape artist.

“And I said ‘what’s his the story?’ And the gal said they said ‘he’s an escape artist so we have to tie him. You know when we have to confine him because he’ll always get out.’ so I unhooked him and started playing with him and just knew that he had the drive that we were looking for to be a working dog.”

Sky is a search and rescue dog with Texas task force two- helping with the devastation caused by Harvey and locating victims.

He was once a stray dog found by the western hills humane society with an ID tag from Chadron, Nebraska.

But with no one to claim him, he was taken in by the South Dakota canine center in Sturgis- which finds shelter dogs and helps place them in working careers in all areas of detection.

Sky was trained through a special program in California and then placed with handler Andrea Sutcliffe, who keeps the kennel up to date on how he’s doing.

“So during this deployment, she has been great about letting us know how phenomenal he’s doing, how much he’s appreciated and a valued member of the task force.”

Matthew says she grew a bond with Sky and misses him but is very proud of what he is doing and how he is representing South Dakota.

“It’s pretty neat that these phenomenal dogs can be found right here in our shelters — but we can find them anywhere but to have one come the very first dog we found here with Sky. And so he’s, he’s pretty important to us.”

The center also evaluated two other dogs currently in Houston.

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