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Dog that worked continuously to rescue seven people from rubble after earthquake dies of exhaustion

By Mason White 5:41 PM April 27, 2016
Dayko trying to find survivors in rubble 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A rescue dog that helped save the lives of seven people, tragically died of exhaustion due to working continuously for many hours, police in Ecuador said.

After days of searching for survivors of the earthquake that occurred several weeks ago, Dayko suffered a heat stroke, which then led to a heart attack, according to the fire department of Ibarra.

The fire department published photos of the 4-year-old dog as a tribute to its heroism in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that left at least 650 dead.

Dayko was known for its good sense of smell and charisma, and the great friendship it had with coach Alex Yela. Although veterinarians worked to save the dog’s life after it collapsed, they were unsuccessful in their efforts.

Dayko received a large funeral attended by dozens of firefighters and other rescue workers as well as fellow rescue dogs.

“Dayko the rescue dog was trying to locate survivors when it collapsed. It was rushed to a vet, but died despite the continued efforts to keep it alive,” the fire department said on Facebook.