Hero Dog Dies After Saving 7 People In Aftermath Of Earthquake In Ecuador

The 4-year-old Labrador worked nearly all his life saving people.

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Dayko saved seven people before succumbing to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Via Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarra/Facebook
John Virata

Dayko, a white Labrador Retriever who rescued seven people from the rubble of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador last week, has died of apparent heat exhaustion and dehydration. He was 4 years old.

The hero dog with Ecuador’s Ibara fire service died April 22 after spending several days searching for the living in the rubble of Ecuador’s most devastating earthquake in recent history, according to the Daily Mail. The news outlet reports that more than 650 people have perished in the disaster

Dayko searches through the rubble of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador. Via Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarra /Facebook

Dayko searches through the rubble of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador. Via Cuerpo De Bomberos Ibarra Ibarra/Facebook

Dayko apparently was overwhelmed by dehydration and the heat during the rescue operation, and despite efforts to save him, the medical team was unable to do so.

Dayko earned national and international rescue certifications and spent 3 1/2 years as a rescue dog for the country, the Daily Mail reported. His efforts in this last disaster were bittersweet as he saved seven people but passed away.

“We regret to inform you that today the [fire service] is in mourning because [we] just lost Dayko who participated in the work of searching in Pedernales,” the Ibara fire service said on a post to Facebook.

“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.”

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