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Haiti earthquake rescue dog Echo up for hero award

  • 5-11-2011

A rescue dog has been shortlisted for a bravery award after searching for people trapped in the Haiti earthquake.

Echo - who is part of Greater Manchester Fire Service - worked for 10 days in 40C temperatures amid collapsing buildings and aftershocks.

The Dogs Trust charity is considering the seven-year-old Labrador for its 2011 Hero Dog Award.

Echo's handler Mike Dewar said it recognised all rescue dogs who "put their lives on the line."

Echo carried out 45 searches in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, seeking out survivors buried in the rubble.

"The biggest problem we faced out there was the intense heat," said Mike Dewar, canine team manager for the Greater Manchester Fire Service.

"When we left Manchester it was -2C, but when we got to Haiti it was like 100 degrees [Fahrenheit] plus and the dog really struggled.

"But there was also broken glass, twisted metal - it was just about the worst case scenario you could think up for a dog, really."

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