She’s extremely fast and agile, can leap more than six feet from a standing position, and can detect a scent up to a mile away!

This amazing Dutch Shepherd has been trained to assist mine rescue teams in locating injured and trapped miners. Ginny began her special training as a three-day-old pup and is the first dog in canine search and rescue (SAR) history to be trained in both surface and underground coal mine rescues. With her strong sense of smell and intense training, she can locate humans under extremely dangerous and difficult conditions, even if the people are unresponsive or invisible to the human eye.

About Alpha

Alpha is the largest U.S. supplier and third largest globally for metallurgical coal production used in the steel-making process. We are also a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries.

Ginny has been added to our mine rescue operations to strengthen Alpha’s Running Right approach to safety. Running Right refers to Alpha’s safety processes and the way all employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. The company’s investment in Ginny is further proof of Alpha’s commitment to safety.

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Ginny Quick Facts

Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Weight: 48 pounds
Birthdate: April 10, 2010
Birthplace: Williamsburg, W.Va.
Parents: Miley (mother) and Arko
Favorite Meal: Chicken and rice dog food
Handler: Joey Kennedy, Senior Training Instructor at the Running Right Leadership Academy/K9 Handler/Mine Rescue Team member
Trainer: Bill Dotson canine SAR expert



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