Rescue dog dies from EXHAUSTION after saving seven people from earthquake rubble


Dayko, a four-year-old white Labrador, was hailed as a hero for locating numerous people that lay trapped within the carnage of collapsed buildings.

The coast of the Latin American country was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale on April 16.

Around 650 people died within the disaster, with thousands more injured.

Dayko was one among variety of dogs drafted in to the worst-hit areas, Pedernales, to look for anyone trapped under the mounds of rubble.

The hero dog was a part of Ibarra fire service, and also as successfully locating the survivors he also pinpointed two cadavers trapped deep within the debris.

But the hearth service tragically announced the brave mutt, himself a rescue dog, has since died.
They insist Dayko was properly cared for, and pointed to 3 other dogs who were a part of the rescue efforts and were fine.

Fire Department Lieutenant, Sari de la Torre, said as Dayko was buried: “Today you've got gone before us, friend.
"But someday there'll be [other] rescue workers joining you.

"Thanks for your company within the disaster zone.”



It is thought a mixture of the searing heat, long working hours and a scarcity of water led to the gallant canine's death.

The fire service said the faithful pup suffered a stroke on the way back to their base.



The Ibarra local department confirmed vets tried vainly to resuscitate the heroic animal, but were unable to revive him.

They said: “Dayko joined our canine program when he was just a year old.




“Since his arrival, he captivated us together with his compassionate gaze and his friendly character.”

The award-winning pooch was buried with full honours, together with his fellow rescue dogs and fire fighters paying tribute to the selfless comrade.

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