Following Monday’s earthquake in Turkey, Mexico is sending some of its renowned search and rescue dogs to the country to aid in the search for survivors.
A plane leaving Mexico City with 16 canine passengers left early on Tuesday.
In quake-prone Mexico, both civilian and military teams with specialised expertise are frequently dispatched to provide aid.
Having rescued countless lives during the devastating earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, the dogs quickly gained widespread public adulation.
Frida, a yellow Labrador Retriever, sprang to prominence after she was spotted in Mexico City wearing a safety vest, goggles, and boots as she searched for survivors.
In operations spanning Mexico, Haiti, Guatemala, and Ecuador, the navy credited Frida with saving 12 lives and discovering 40 dead.
The Mexican Navy is sending a team to Turkey, and while Frida has passed away from old age, at least one of the other canine survivors of the 2017 earthquake in Mexico will be going with them.
The Belgian Malinois named Ecko was spotted at the Mexico City airport with his handler.
However, the mission’s scope extends far beyond the military. Meanwhile, Los Topos de Tlatelolco (The Moles of Tlatelolco), a volunteer SAR organisation, is en route.
Expert volunteers have reached out to Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, offering their services.
Mr. Ebrard returned within hours to say that transportation had been arranged for them with the assistance of the Turkish embassy in Mexico City.
Also, the foreign minister shared a video showing a Red Cross worker and his dog travelling on the plane.
ngel Daniel Hernández claims in the recording that he has been teaching his German Shepherd Rex for the past five years.
Dogs are being sent from other countries to aid with rescue operations in Turkey and Syria, not just Mexico.
Dogs and their human handlers are being sent into service in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Libya, Poland, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA.
Animals are utilised when the use of heavy gear could cause the rubble to collapse deeper, putting the lives of survivors at risk.
The dogs are instructed to bark and scrape the ground near the source of the human scent to notify their masters.
Although the dogs are trained to detect the odour of dead bodies as well as that of survivors trapped under the rubble, Mexican officials insist that their primary goal is to save lives, and they plan to deploy them as quickly as possible in the hopes that they will be able to effect more rescues than recoveries.