Hero Dog Dies of Exhaustion – Ecuador Earthquake

Dayko the hero dog

Dayko, a four-year-old white Labrador rescued seven people from the dire aftermath of the Ecuador earthquake. He’s been declared a hero as he spent days helping the Ibara fire service find survivors trapped under rubble after the devastating 7.8 earthquake.

Dayko the hero dog

Courtesy of: Facebook/Ibarra Fire Department

Unfortunately he died today of over exhaustion as his official cause of death was “massive coronary myocardial infarction and acute respiratory failure”, which in short means that he had a heart attack.

 

The fire service Facebook post reads:

“We regret to inform you that today the Ibarra fire service is in mourning because we’ve just lost our dog Dayko who took part in the rescue in Pedermales.”

“Thank you Dayko for your heroic work in Pedernales and in the various emergencies you were present, you held high the name of the K9 Unit.”

Dayko searching for survivors

Courtesy of: Facebook/Ibarra Fire Department

Seems like the combination of heat and dehydration proved to be too much for this heroic dog as he patrolled the rubble in search of any signs of survivors. His job was to detect them so that the rescue crew can work on digging them out to safety and was credited in saving at least seven people.

Thank you Dayko for your heroic efforts. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Joana

    So Sad News…:( But what a dog, what a HERO! I am amazed on what the animals can actually do for humanity, he taught the whole world a great lesson.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      He certainly did. And he continued going on even when he was exhausted and dehydrated. He was so dedicated to his work. Sad to see him go…

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  2. Lefty

    sad and uplifting at the same time. it’s tremendous what these animals can and will do for us. my heart goes out to the ones that loved him. no doubt he will be missed. R.I.P. Dayko

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Indeed. It’s amazing how dedicated animals can be even if they have nothing to gain themselves. Dayko was an amazing dog and he will be missed.

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  3. Labman

    While the heroics are not in dispute, I think it is overly sad that the handler of this animal did not take care of him.

    When we are on site on a search, the dog comes first. The years of dedication and training don’t come easily, losing a resource is the biggest tragedy. Think of all the lives he might have saved in the future.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      I agree, the handler should have the responsibility of taking care of him. If too tired, let him rest. If dehydrated, let him drink. Especially when he’s in such a stressful situation and also the heat.
      Dogs are very dedicated animals and will go the extra length for people as show here. Very unfortunate case.

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  4. pJ

    I have been keeping up on the earthquake very distantly and normally just get updates via facebook from a friend that I know there. What a dear animal! Thank you for a poignant article in his honor. It is such a shame that gifted Dayko was not given more care to prevent this regrettable death. :(PJ

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks PJ for your comment. Yeah it’s a shame but hopefully people will learn from this and take better care from now on.

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  5. Evie

    This is incredibly sad and I agree with one of the above comments- the handler should have taken more responsibility and made sure that his dog was not stressed or suffering. Usually with crisis response dogs whilst they work for many hours – their handlers regularly rest them in that time.

    Once again though a very informative article from yourself and it is good to pay attention to the hard work that crisis response dogs and search and rescue dogs and their handlers do in these incredibly heart rending circumstances.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Evie. You’re right the handler should have been more responsible and given the dog more rest and water. It’s such an unfortunate event.

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  6. Stephanie

    What a sad story – such heroics led to this poor canine’s death – thanks for sharing. I am a huge animal lover and was truly touched to hear of this loss. I think this should be turned into a book all about what this dog gave up for those survivors.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Hi Stephanie. That’s definitely a good idea. I’m sure a lot of people will want to read that book. Animals sacrifice so much for us humans and sometimes we just take it for granted.

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  7. Hillary

    Oh my this is so sad! Your blog is very informative overall but this post just really touched my heart.

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    1. Andy (Post author)

      Thanks Hilary, yeah I love animals too and it’s a shame that this happened. May Dayko rest in peace.

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