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Posted: September 22, 2017

Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake

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Frida, the hero rescue dog, saves 12 following Mexico earthquake
Personnel work in rescue operations in the rubble of a building felled by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Frida, a Labrador (not pictured), is one of many dogs assisting in rescue efforts.

By Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Frida, a rescue dog from the Mexican navy’s Canine Unit, has made headlines due to her heroic efforts following the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico City on Tuesday.  

The Los Angeles Times reported that the 7-year-old Labrador has saved more than 50 people since joining the Mexican navy.

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Throughout her career, Frida has recovered 52 people, 12 of which were alive, in various natural disasters, including the earthquake that hit in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sept. 7.

KABC reported that Frida carries a camera on her harness to assist rescue crews as she navigates areas that would not be accessible otherwise.

Because of Frida’s age, the dog typically follows up after younger dogs, including 1-and-a-half-year-olds Evil and Echo, who first go into the rubble. Frida then confirms whether or not other dogs have detected a person, the LA Times reported.

The Navy has dispatched 15 rescue dogs in an effort to find survivors and those who have died. About 270 people have been confirmed dead, and that number will likely rise as Frida and her crew continue their search. 


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