Proteo, one of the rescue dogs sent to help search for victims affected by the earthquake, helped save lives.
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In mid-February, SEDENA (Mexico’s Secretary of National Defense) announced the death of Proteo, a German shepherd and one of the rescue dogs sent to help search for victims in the region of Turkey affected by the earthquake earlier this month. The BBC reported on the deployment of canine teams from Mexico:
Mexican officials say their mission is “to save lives” and while the dogs can detect the smell of bodies as well as that of those who are buried under the rubble alive, the hope is that their quick deployment will result in rescues rather than recoveries.
The work of the rescue dogs was of vital importance during days in which international teams were working against the clock to find as many people alive as possible. Even 12 days after the earthquake, people were still being found alive under the rubble.
Proteo participated in saving two people who were trapped under buildings.
Readers may remember our coverage of Frida, another Mexican rescue dog who saved lives in the wake of the 2017 earthquake in Mexico. Fortunately, Friday survived her dangerous work to die of old age last year.
“You fulfilled your mission as a member of the Mexican delegation in the search and rescue of our brothers in Turkey. Thank you for your heroic work!” said the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (Sedena).