Rescue dogs working hard to save lives in Mexico

Rescue workers looking for bodies after the landslide in Colombia. Reuters

Rescue workers looking for bodies after the landslide in Colombia. Reuters

The navy tweeted a collage of photos of Frida last week, announcing her 52 rescues to the social media world.

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mexico in response to urgent humanitarian needs caused by the magnitude 7.1 quake that struck on September 19.

People are even sending her more boots to keep her paws safe. Rescue workers were said to be feeding her milk down plastic tubes.

Mexicans are grateful for her skills, as well as for the moments of lightheartedness she is providing. While some have thanked her for her contribution, others have demanded that Frida replace the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's image on the 500-peso note.

The Washington Post reported officials confirmed 25 dead at the school - 19 of whom were children - while 11 other children were treated at hospitals.

Salinas said that because of Frida's age, Evil and Echo, who are a year and a half old, usually go into collapsed buildings first.

Rumours seemed to be confirmed by Navy Admiral Jose Vergara Larra who told media that after four hours of rescue operations they had detected a girl who was alive.

As the rescuers continued to communicate with Sofia, she told them there were two more students trapped near the place she was. Any sudden movements would have brought it crashing down, nullifying all the progress they had made.

Reports that no-one had come forward as parents of the child sparked some scepticism and the school itself said on Thursday morning they had no student registered under that name. "That indicates to us that there is a cadaver".

Salinas explained that service dogs are selected when they are two months old. According to the Mexican Navy, Frida has rescued more than 52 people from different disasters. Witnesses on the scene would then report hearing cries like "Can you hear us?" coming from under the ruins, where rescuers would gather and start digging.

Frida's skills are applied not only in Mexico.

Hour after excruciating hour, Mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 natural disaster.

During the rescue, soldiers and marines with specialised equipment such as heat sensors and sensitive microphones searched the school site for signs of life - and claimed to have found Frida SofĂ­a.

That means there's still a chance Frida could be sent to find out.

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