Turkey sends Mexico a puppy as a gesture of thanks for search dog rescue efforts

By Kendal Blust
Published: Monday, May 8, 2023 - 8:56am
Updated: Monday, May 8, 2023 - 11:26am

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Handler Carlos Villeda Marquez holds Arkadas after her arrived in Mexico.

The Turkish government sent a German Shepherd puppy to Mexico as a thank you for the country’s aid following devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

The fluffy, brown and black puppy has been dubbed Arkadas — Turkish for "friend" — and is a gesture of gratitude following the death of Proteo.

One of 16 search-and-rescue dogs Mexico sent to Turkey in February as part of aid efforts, 9-year-old German Shepherd Proteo died from exhaustion and harsh conditions during the rescue mission, according to his handler, Carlos Villeda Marquez.

Villeda Marquez will now begin training 3-month-old Arkadas, who joins Mexico’s famed canine unit that specializes in finding survivors of earthquakes and other disasters. The dogs became icons of resilience in 2017 for their work following a major earthquake in central Mexico.

The earthquakes in Turkey and Syria earlier this year left a death toll of well over 50,000 people.

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