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Dog dies from exhaustion after rescuing seven people from earthquake

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A four-year-old white Labrador called Dayko has been hailed as a hero after rescuing seven people from the aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake - before dying from exhaustion.

Dayko, a rescue dog for the Ibara fire service, died last Friday, having spent the previous days searching for survivors in the rubble left by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake which hit Ecuador last week.
According to a post on Ibara fire service's Facebook page the cause of death was "massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure." He had been working as a rescue dog for three and a half years.






"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," said the fire service.
"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."






More than 2,000 people were injured in the quake on April 16, which ripped apart buildings and roads and knocked out power along the Pacific coastline. At least 654 people have been killed.
President Rafael Correa, said last week: "Reconstruction will cost billions of dollars," and the impact on economic growth "could be huge."
Around 500 specialists from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, the US, and Venezuela have been assisting local fire brigades and special forces. Supplies have been arriving by air from less-affected parts of Ecuador and survivors flown for treatment to Quito, the capital, and Guayaquil, the biggest city.

Dog dies from exhaustion after rescuing seven people from earthquake
 

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A four-year-old white Labrador called Dayko has been hailed as a hero after rescuing seven people from the aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake - before dying from exhaustion.

Dogs are truly an amazing source of friendship to humanity.
 

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As a disaster recovery consultant and also in my career in the military, I've worked with lot's of K-9 units; law enforcement, search and rescue, and cadaver dogs. Law enforcement dogs (I include those that search for IED's in combat zones) lose their lives or limbs quite frequently, and it's emotionally difficult when it happens. I've never seen a search and rescue dog die in the line of duty. I have, however, seen two cadaver dogs die in the line of duty - one from a building that collapsed on him, and the other from a heart attack (like in the OP story) that was attributed by the on-scene veterinarian doctor to the stress of finding so many dead people during one event.

I'll presume that the handlers were giving as much protection of the dogs health as is possible in such an environment, and not blame them for the death. Search and rescue dogs work hard. I've seen them wear out their special boots from trying to dig through the rubble to get to a survivor. I noticed in the pictures in the story that they had the dog getting IV fluids, so I'm sure they did all they could, and because the dog did all he could and gave all he had is why he died.

Sad story. But, it is also a tribute to the thousands of working dogs that go unnoticed each and every day.
 

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Terribly sad story, but I agree it is a fine tribute to all the working dogs we employ for all sorts of reasons.
 

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Recently, I approached with a local canine therapy dog group concerning the possibility of enlisting one of my dogs.

Somehow the topic of rescue dogs came about, and it was mentioned that during extreme mass disasters with many fatalities over many post-event days of searching where the searchers are no longer finding living survivors, that the handlers will hide a live handler to have the dog find them and believe it found a living being! Apparently, the dogs get what might best be described as 'doggie depression' or feelings of 'doggie failure' after a long period of only finding the deceased!

I haven't confirmed the voracity of this story, but it does seem to make sense.

Regardless, I absolutely love our little four legged friends. If you're ever sick or laid-up in a long period of physical recovery, they are a great source of comfort! They can be better than family sometimes, because they quietly and non-judgmentally stay by your side, remaining steadfastly allegiant! :thumbs:
 

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Dogs are truly an amazing source of friendship to humanity.
Yep!

And they do one thing, that to the best of my knowledge no other animal does: When they are hurt or in trouble, they come to us for help!

I don't believe any other animal does that.

But if I'm wrong, I'd be happy to hear it. [and I'll toss the book where I read the above] :mrgreen:
 

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Yep!

And they do one thing, that to the best of my knowledge no other animal does: When they are hurt or in trouble, they come to us for help!

I don't believe any other animal does that.

But if I'm wrong, I'd be happy to hear it. [and I'll toss the book where I read the above] :mrgreen:

Ive heard of dolphins helping people. There was also a toddler that fell into the gorilla enclosure in the zoo, the male gorilla stood over it and protected it against the others while help arrived.

Cats on the other hand, if you die in the house with them, they will eat you for sure. :2razz:
 

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Ive heard of dolphins helping people. There was also a toddler that fell into the gorilla enclosure in the zoo, the male gorilla stood over it and protected it against the others while help arrived.

Cats on the other hand, if you die in the house with them, they will eat you for sure. :2razz:
Actually, I wondered about dolphins. Aren't they supposedly the most intelligent non-human life form? I seem to recall that.
 

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Actually, I wondered about dolphins. Aren't they supposedly the most intelligent non-human life form? I seem to recall that.

Actually, humans are third - with dolphins second and mice in first place.
 

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Actually, humans are third - with dolphins second and mice in first place.

I'm surprised we're that high. We need ropes to keep us in line at the bank and need warnings on products not to eat them. smh
 

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Ive heard of dolphins helping people. There was also a toddler that fell into the gorilla enclosure in the zoo, the male gorilla stood over it and protected it against the others while help arrived.

Cats on the other hand, if you die in the house with them, they will eat you for sure. :2razz:

*Ahem*... my dear sir, you stand corrected.

 

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This just shows how great dogs are.
 

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R.I.P. Dayco, you are indeed a hero.

I just finished a book by Robert Crais called SUSPECT about a K9 dog suffering from PTSD due to an experience in Afghanistan. It is a work of fiction but the author did a good job researching the training of actual K9 animals and their response to "pack".

We are only just beginning to understand the capability, sensitivity and intelligence of animals.

Just because we are not smart enough yet to measure their level of emotion, commitment and understanding does not in anyway minimize their capability
 

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Cats on the other hand, if you die in the house with them, they will eat you for sure. :2razz:

Hey, I would want my cat to keep itself alive if I croaked and no one was around to feed it.




Cats on the other hand, if you die in the house with them, they will eat you for sure. :2razz:

Dogs, on the other hand, will eat your turds if you forget to flush. So, there's that...
 

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Hey, I would want my cat to keep itself alive if I croaked and no one was around to feed it.






Dogs, on the other hand, will eat your turds if you forget to flush. So, there's that...

Then lick your face afterwards.
 
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