Dayko, the brave four-year old white labrador, died in the line of duty after he saved seven people from the rubble of what is considered the worst earthquake in Ecuadorian history.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on April16th. It left over 650 people dead, and thousands injured. 113 people were rescued from collapsed buildings thanks to the help of intrepid rescue dogs like Dayko.
Dayko searched in the searing heat for three and a half hours in Pedernales, Ecuador locating cadavers and saving the lives of seven fortunate people.
On the way back to base, Dayko collapsed. Vets and the unit handlers tried valiantly to resuscitate him, but were unable to revive the faithful dog. A necropsy later confirmed that Dayko suffered a heart attack and acute-respiratory failure.
Because dogs cannot control their body heat as well as humans, Dayko became overheated and died as a result. Even in the face of such risk, Dayko did not hesitate to complete his noble job in the line of duty. His handlers and the rescue team did everything in their power to take care of Dayko and the other rescue dogs while they completed the strenuous work.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the survivors, victims, and #sar crews in Ecuador… @wavesforwater is one of the great nonprofits racing to provide aid🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 #Repost @thetacticspage Heart and thoughts are with all effected by the Ecuador 7.8 magnitude Quake. Around 600 killed. Over 12,492 injured. Always such endearing respect to the first in search and rescue teams as well as the dogs. This rescue dog named Dayko died after saving 7 lives while still combing through the rubble searching for survivors. #survive #valor #respect #Ecuador #Dayko #Manta #Portoviejo #Pedernales
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Dayko was just one year old when he joined the Ibarra Fire Service team, and his compassionate eyes and friendly disposition won the hearts of all who met him, said the Fire Service Team on their Facebook page. They remembered his obsession with water and swimming, and how much children adored him.
In praise of Dayko, the Ibarra Fire Department said, “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 fire department deeply mourned the death of their beloved friend and comrade.
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While the death toll continues to rise in Ecuador, Dayko’s bravery and sacrifice bring hope and light to the horrific devastation.
Dogs and humans have a special bond and unique friendship. May we remember that just as Dayko compassionately gave his life to help humans in need, so can we continue to help our four-legged friends by supporting dog rescues, and adopting or fostering dogs in need.
If you liked this story, you’ll probably want to watch this lucky duck get saved from the rubble of the Earthquake. Firefighters shared water from their palms and fed the duck bits of papaya while he rested and revived.