Brave Dog Dies After Saving Seven From Quake Rubble

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Dayko searches the rubble for survivors.
Dayko searches the rubble for survivors.

A brave 4-year-old rescue dog lost his life in line of duty not long after saving at least seven people from the rubble of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that devastated Ecuador on April 16.

Dayko, a Labrador retriever, suffered a heatstroke last week, the City of Ibarra Fire Department had posted on its Facebook page, which led to a fatal heart attack.

“Dayko captivated us all with his tender look and his friendly nature,” the post, which was translated from Spanish, read. “[Dayko is] leaving a big void in the canine unit, in [his] guide, Alex Vela, and in each one of those who know him.”

The dog had been working with rescuers in the northwest province of Manabi, one of those hardest hit by the quake. At press time, the death toll was 654.

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This four-legged hero was much beloved, and received a hero’s funeral attended by throngs of firefighters and fellow rescue dogs. Dayko was buried on the grounds of the fire department, where his fellow first responders can visit and pay respect.

13 thoughts on “Brave Dog Dies After Saving Seven From Quake Rubble”

  1. You would think his partner would know that dogs can get heatstroke and die. These are firefighters, they should have known this. Hopefully he doesn’t die in vein. Hopefully the first responders learn from his death.

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    • You are absolutely right, this is on the handler for not taking better care of his rescue canine!!! This behavior and ignorance is unacceptable…….

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  2. How stupid could they be? They should NOT have dogs if they don’t know how to treat them and that dogs can get heatstroke faster then people. If there is an animal society in Ecuador, maybe they can educate the idiots. Someone should catch HELL for treating this beautiful dog like this.

    May God bless you Dayko and I hope you are running through greener, cooler, pastures now.
    Thank you for all you did. Much love.

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  3. These stupid people who let this dog go on and on until he got heat stroke and died is disgusting. Dogs should never be a part of this sort of thing as they can’t say if they are tired or if something is wrong with them during the search. Get more people to help and leave animals alone. They are the ones who need help, care , love and Dayko should have been more supervised then to do all this. Training an animal for this sort of thing is animal abuse.

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    • Do you volunteer to take his place and sniff out survivors under tons of rubble? As long as they are cared for properly Dogs are perfect for a job such as this and can actually find accomplishment and enjoyment from doing this. It is not animal abuse, what is animal abuse is the fact that the handlers did not properly care for the dog.

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  4. I completely AGREE with everyone here…this was the responsibility of the handler and I agree 100% with Jae Pea and everyone else……SHAME on the people for their consisten exploitation versus protection of animals – this is horrible, needless and unforgiveable. Dayko was merely trying to follow orders given to him by a thoughtless, careless, selfish, human not thinking of anything other than using yet another animal for their own gain. Dayko – you are a hero……..and so very young!

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  5. There is absolutely no excuse & no reason why this should ever have happened. If you’re too stupid to know that a dog can get heatstroke, then you have no business being a handler. I bet the handlers stopped & rested & drank plenty of water.

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  6. All those people who were helping, could not notice this poor dog needed a rescue too? This is not acceptable.

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