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Heroic Dog Dies After Saving 7 People in Ecuador Earthquake Aftermath



After days of digging for survivors in the aftermath of Ecuador’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake, search and rescue dog Dayko died of exhaustion.

The Ibarra Fire Department recently lost their search and rescue dog, Dayko, when he died of exhaustion after searching for survivors and rescuing seven people in the wake of Ecuador’s earthquake, which hit just off the coast on April 16.

The four-year-old white Labrador’s post mortem determined that he died after suffering a heart attack and respiratory failure.

Dayko had worked in several areas including Ibarra and Pedernales, receiving national and international certifications. He saved the lives of seven people by finding them among the rubble.

The Ibarra Fire Department released this information on its Facebook page: ”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 earthquake has claimed the lived of at least 55 people and have injured more than 2,000. Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, said the cost of rebuilding what the earthquake destroyed could reach $3 billionl.

Thank you, Dayko, for endlessly searching for those who were trapped and in dire need of help. Your bravery will not be forgotten. RIP, good dog.
If you’d like to make a donation to help with earthquake relief efforts in Ecuador, visit Red Cross’s donation site.

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Aren't these highly valuable dogs supposed to have handlers who prevent this kind of thing from happening or something? It did the poor guy just have a dickey heart?


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Not exhaustion, HEAT STROKE. This was a preventable tragedy.

So maddening. A great dog, doing a great job, to be taken by carelessness or ignorance. Either way. It's horrible and preventable.

Take care of your dogs, give them breaks, water, shade, know their temp.
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Poor boy. All you have to do is look at that picture to know he was in trouble.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-27-2016, 07:50 PM
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As a SAR handler your #1 job is to read your dog and keep him safe. Big fail here. Poor pup
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This makes me mad... And very sad... I'm sure the handler was focused on saving people's lives.. Too bad his focus wasn't shared (as it should be) with the well being of his partner... Heat exhaustion can come on quickly, but there are signs preceding it that most anybody can observe and deduce... The handler should be made to take courses on K9 health, first aid, etc, before being permitted to handle another sar dog..
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A good dog lost. Thank you Dayko for all you have done RIP. They should have reminders to rest your dog so handlers don't loose track of time.
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Run free Dayko run free. You are a true hero. I am so sorry that you went to soon.

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awwhhh hopefully he's in a better place now


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A preventable tragedy. The handler should not handle another dog .

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