A four-year-old rescue dog named Dayko worked itself to death saving the lives of seven people buried in the rubble of Ecuador’s horrific 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
Dayko on the job in Ecuador quake ruins (Facebook)
The yellow Labrador worked for the Ibara fire service and labored tirelessly for days before dying from exhaustion on Friday, officials said.
Dayko was felled by a massive heart attack and respiratory failure, according to the department’s Facebook page. He had served for more than three years.
“We regret to inform you that today the (fire service) is in mourning because (we) just lost Dayko,” the post read. “This four-legged friend gave his life in the line of duty.”
At least 654 people were killed in last week’s quake, according to Britain’s The Telegraph. More than 2,000 were injured in buildings and on roads that were ripped apart. President Rafael Correa has said reconstruction will cost billions and the impact on the economy is expected to be huge.
“You held high the name of the K9 unit,” Dayko’s handlers wrote in their social media appreciation.