​‘Hero’ Dog Dies From Exhaustion Helping Victims In Ecuador Earthquake

Hero Dog Dies
Author: John LesterBy:
Staff Reporter
Apr. 27, 2016

The ‘hero’ dog dies from exhaustion after saving up to seven lives in the aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake. The dog, Dayko, was formed part of the fire service and became a hero for helping the team by sniffing out survivors in the rubble who may not otherwise have been noticed.

However, a combination of heat, dehydration and the huge effort put into the rescue mission took its toll on the brave pup and he died on Friday. Days had been working in Pedernales, in the north west Ecuadorian province of Manabi, FOX News reports.

The area was one of the most badly damaged following the disaster and 654 people have so far been found dead. And the four-year-old white Labrador worked tirelessly to stop the death toll from rising.

However, the ‘Hero’ dog died in the early hours of Friday morning. Dayko had national and international certifications.

Hero dog dies from exhaustion after saving seven lives

Hero dog dies from exhaustion after saving seven lives

The medical team tried everything they could to revive him but despite their efforts did not succeed, The Huffington Post reported. Dayko’s death was announced by the fire service on their Facebook page.

“We regret to inform you that today the [fire service] is in mourning because [we] just lost Dayko who participated in the work of searching in Pedernales, the dog with national and international certifications, passed away in hours In the morning [sic]. This four legged friend gave his life in the line of duty. Thank you Dayko for your heroic efforts in Pedernales and in various emergencies where you were present. You held high the name of the K9 unit,” the crew wrote.

The post has already received more than 15,000 likes and has been shared by over 8,000 people. Alongside attracting many adoring comments on social media, local news teams have also praised Dayko as they claim he gave his life for his work. And his death is not in isolation, as it has been revealed than many other rescue dogs have sustained injuries during the searches.

Dayko received a massive sendoff

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Ecuadorean coast on April 16 and the country continues to suffer from aftershocks. It has now been confirmed as the deadliest quake in South America since one in Colombia in 1999 killed more than 1,000 people.

Philippine Daily Inquirer said the hero dog that died received a massive sendoff, with a funeral attended by dozens of firefighters and other rescue workers as well as his fellow rescue dogs. Dayko was known for “his good sense of smell and charisma” and the “beautiful friendship” he established with his handler, Alex Yela, the department said.

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