Community Mourns Heroic Lab Who Died Saving Ecuador Earthquake Victims
An Ecuadorian fire department is paying tribute to a rescue dog who saved at least seven people's lives before dying.
The Ibarra Fire Department posted pictures of the 4-year-old Labrador named Dayko on the job after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the country ten days ago, killing more than 650 people.
The department said Dayko suffered heatstroke which then led to a heart attack. Veterinarians tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
A huge funeral was held for him attended by dozens of firefighters and other rescue workers as well as his fellow rescue dogs.
The department's Facebook page lauded Dayko's "good sense of smell and charisma" and the "beautiful friendship" he enjoyed with his handler.
Find more photos of Dayko and read the tribute below.