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Frida And Her Canine Colleagues Return To Save Lives Under The Rubble

Por: Gustavo Pineda Negrete 21 de septiembre de 2017

Frida, the pup, and her other furry colleagues who are part of Mexico’s Armed Forces Canine Rescue Team, found 78 people in 24 hours. This number is expected to rise in the following days.

After the earthquake of 7.1 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit Central and Southern Mexico on September 19, 2017, the Plan Mexico protocol was put in place. This protocol coordinates authorities and citizens to place their efforts into rescuing any person found under the rubble.

Through efficient actions and logistics, this emergency plan brought Frida and her canine colleagues back in service. The Canine Team had been previously working since September 7 in the affected communities in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. They are now using their scent abilities to find survivors beneath the rubble in Mexico City.

Through a video, Mexico’s Navy and Armed Forces Department (SEMAR) published a video where they explain the valuable work and dedication of these rescue dogs when providing their greatest efforts in working against the clock to find survivors.

SEMAR detailed how Frida, a six-year-old Lab belonging to the Navy and Armed Forces Department, has saved over 50 people from different natural disasters, such as the other recent earthquake in Southern Mexico, the earthquake in Ecuador, the landslides in Guatemala, as well as the fire in the Pemex Tower. Frida and her four-legged co-workers have been called back to duty since Wednesday to use their sense of smell to search among the dust of several collapsed buildings.

The assistance of Frida, Titan, Eco, and other canine partner teams (rescue dog and agent) erupted a wave of response on Twitter. Most of the comments were in support of the efforts, as well as to praise the rescue pup.

Many have spoken about having Frida in 500 Peso Bill.

Others see her an furry angel.

Visual artist, Gus Gux, captured Frida at work with her other four-legged friends.

If you want to know how to help with the current earthquake efforts in Mexico, you can read about the different organizations here.

Written by Gustavo Pineda, translated by María Suárez


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