Frida Has Saved 53 In Her Lifetime, 12 From Mexican Earthquake, And She’s Not Done Yet!

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The magnitude 8.1 earthquake that devastated Salina Cruz in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca was the strongest the country has seen in over a century, killing more than 60 people and reducing the homes of many others to rubble. Relief workers have no small task ahead of them, and lives are still on the line, but, with the help of dogs like Frida, many will be saved.

Frida is a member of the Mexican Navy’s (SEMAR) Canine Unit. But she’s not just there for the uniform. This brave labrador retriever has rescued 53 people during her career, 12 of which were left in life-threatening situations after the September 7 earthquake.

“We have experienced earthquakes before, but not like this. It was so intense,” Chiapas resident Gonazalo Segundo told CNN. “We are alive, that’s the important thing.”

The same sentiments are echoed by those saved by Frida. With boots on her feet and safety goggles protecting her eyes from dust and debris, she surveys wreckage left by the earthquake and jumps to action when a survivor is located.

People around the world have praised Frida for her jobs well done. She’s even been tweeted about by the Mexican president and invited onto A Primera Hora, one of the country’s most viewed news programs.

The world loves Frida, and we do too.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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