A dog named Dayko has been hailed a hero after he helped to rescue seven people in the wake of Equador’s terrible recent earthquake before tragically dying of exhaustion. The four-year-old yellow Labrador had worked with fire services to sniff out survivors trapped in the rubble, in Perdenales, in the province of Manibi in Equador’s north west.

Ecuadorian rescue dogs at work. Via Facebook/Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarro

Dayko was an experienced rescue dog, having worked and trained for this role since puppyhood. Unfortunately, the sheer scale of the disaster and the hard work involved in the hot climate took its toll on Dayko. Efforts to revive him proved unsuccessful.

Handlers and rescue dogs pay tribute to Dayko at his burial. Via Facebook/Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarro

His death on Friday 22 April was announced via the local fire service’s Facebook page, with a post that has now been shared by over 8000 dog lovers around the world. People who worked with the Labrador wrote about Dayko’s good sense of smell, his charisma and friendly nature, and as well as the ‘beautiful friendship’ he had with his handler, Alex Yela.

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Dayko, a portrait. Via Facebook/Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarro

The Ecuadorian earthquake of 16 April has now claimed the lives of at least 654 people, and well over 2000 have been injured. Today the country continues to suffer with aftershocks.

Featured image via Facebook/Cuerpo de Bomberos Ibarra Ibarra.


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