Durian Dog Squad Rescue Dogs Aid in Masara Landslide Search and Rescue

The Durian Dog Squad Inc. deployed specially trained rescue dogs to assist in search and rescue operations after a landslide in Masara, Philippines. The dogs successfully marked eight areas where bodies were buried, providing vital assistance in the disaster response efforts.

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Durian Dog Squad Rescue Dogs Aid in Masara Landslide Search and Rescue

Durian Dog Squad Rescue Dogs Aid in Masara Landslide Search and Rescue

In the aftermath of a devastating landslide in Masara, Philippines, the Durian Dog Squad Inc. (DDS) deployed their specially trained rescue dogs to assist in search and rescue operations. The team, led by SFO2 Roseller Lagnayo Jr., included Belgian Malinois and American Pitbull Terrier breeds that were instrumental in locating buried bodies at the disaster site.

Why this matters: The successful deployment of trained rescue dogs in disaster response efforts highlights the critical role they can play in saving lives and providing closure to families affected by natural disasters. As the frequency and severity of natural disasters continue to increase, the importance of specialized teams like the Durian Dog Squad Inc. will only continue to grow.

The Durian Dog Squad, formed in 2019 by a group of dog lovers, trains their canines to become heroes in rescue missions. Among the dogs deployed were Renesme, Romel, and Sphere, all Belgian Malinois, as well as Snappy, an American Pitbull Terrier. Despite initial hesitation due to the Pitbull's reputation for aggression, Snappy proved to be a valuable asset to the team.

SFO2 Roseller Lagnayo Jr. explained the formation of the group, stating, "It was a meeting of minds with our group members deciding to put up a team of dog lovers with the same intention of training dogs with a purpose --- and that is to save lives through the help of our trained dogs." He also praised Snappy's abilities, saying, "Pero dali ra kaayo siya na-train og karon maayo kaayo siya musimhot, dako pud kaayo siyang tabang niadtong search and retrieval operations sa Masara (But he was easily trained and now he is adept in tracking smell. He was a big help during the search and retrieval operations in Masara)."

During the search and retrieval operations, the Durian Dog Squad's rescue dogs successfully marked eight areas where bodies were buried beneath the rubble. "Giingnan ra mi sa ubos kay lahi man ang nagkalot, nga tanan gimarkahan sa among rescue dogs positive, meaning naa gyuy bodies sa ilalom (We were told that all our dogs have marked have bodies underneath)," Lagnayo Jr. confirmed.

The team's efforts were recognized by the uniformed personnel at the site, who congratulated the dogs for their vital role in the operations. The Maco Fire Station also acknowledged the Durian Dog Squad's contribution to the search and rescue mission. In recognition of their service, the local government unit of Maco plans to formally honor the team, along with other responders, in a program scheduled for July 2024.

The Durian Dog Squad Inc. has previously participated in local and national dog competitions and dog sports agility contests, where they have won several championships and second-place awards. Their success in these events showcases the dedication and skill of both the dogs and their handlers, which translates to their effectiveness in real-life rescue operations like the one in Masara.

The heroic actions of the Durian Dog Squad Inc. and their rescue dogs in the aftermath of the Masara landslide demonstrate the invaluable role that trained canines can play in search and rescue missions. Their ability to locate buried bodies and provide closure to families is a testament to the importance of such specialized teams in disaster response efforts.

Key Takeaways

  • Durian Dog Squad Inc. deployed rescue dogs to assist in search and rescue operations after a landslide in Masara, Philippines.
  • The team's dogs, including Belgian Malinois and American Pitbull Terrier breeds, located buried bodies at the disaster site.
  • Trained rescue dogs play a critical role in saving lives and providing closure to families affected by natural disasters.
  • The Durian Dog Squad Inc. was formed in 2019 by a group of dog lovers to train canines for rescue missions.
  • The team's efforts were recognized by local authorities, who plan to formally honor them in a program scheduled for July 2024.