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Meet Nine Fur Heroes Behind Porac, Pampanga Post-Quake Who Helped Search, Rescue Ops

FUR HEROES – Meet the nine K9 who are among the fur heroes who helped the search and rescue ops in Porac, Pampanga.

Due to the powerful earthquake that struck in Luzon, the local council of Pampanga put the town under state of calamity.

Several roads, bridges, and establishments were destroyed following the 6.1 magnitude quake on the area.

Porac, Pampanga
Photo Source: Philippine Star

A 4-story grocery store Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga collapsed after the massive earthquake.

In a previous article, the search and rescue operation at the grocery continued after hearing some voices under the ground. Some victims reportedly texted their relatives asking for help.

Luzon Earthquake 1
Photo Source: ABS-CBN News

Based on a report from ABS-CBN, nine volunteer rescue dogs or fur heroes are among the search team who helped rescue survivors from the collapsed grocery store.

The search and rescue team discovered 16 dead people and dozens of injured people.

Metropolitan Manila Development and Authority (MMDA) K9 team was composed of Belgian Malinois named Billy (3), German Shepherds Farah (2) and Cody (1), a 5-year-old Jack Russel Terrier, Dutch Shepherds Lucy (1) and Dumbo(4), and Labrador Retrievers Chia (2), Chaplin (5), and Ringo (5).

Fur Heroes chuzon-market-pampanga
Photo Source: The Filipino Times

According to the report, the K9 team helped the rescuers locate an employee of Chuzon Supermarket named Grace Melchor. They also retrieved the ‘dead’ body of May Ann Sales.

The head of MMDA’s K9 team Sheryl Maon-Palcis said the dogs were tired because they were previously deployed in the landslides in Itogon, Benguet and Naga, Cebu.

The dogs were tired but well after the operation,” said Palcis.

Countless netizens expressed their admiration and gratitude for the dog’s service. Here are some of their comments from the post:

@Aikko Kris F. Mallari-Argel: “Thank you doggies… you are all heroes. Thank you Lord for these fur babies”

@Catherine D. Gundran: “Thank you so much doggies.. we love you all”

@Hope Sy Hope: “good job sweethearts! Thank you for helping! Salute to you and to your trainers”

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