Mexico Unveils Statue of Frida the Hero Dog and Her Master Who Saved 12 People From Deadly Earthquake

Mexico Unveils Statue of Frida the Hero Dog and Her Master Who Saved 12 People From Deadly Earthquake
Unveiling statue in honour of #Frida, the rescue dog, and his caretaker the master Israel Arauz. (Photo: Alicia Salgado)

Unveiling the Statues for the Two Heroes

A hero golden retriever rescue dog, Frida, who helped rescue people following last year’s deadly earthquake in Mexico City got to see a new statue this week erected in her honour, CBS Los Angeles reports. The statues in honour of Frida and his master, Israel Arauz, has unveiled during a ceremony at an ecological park in Puebla City, Remezcla reported.

A plaque in front of the duo reads: “Memorable symbols of the strength Mexicans can have when we decide to come together for great causes.”

Frida and her trainer were deployed in the wake of the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that rocked Mexico City and its surrounding areas on September 19, 2017. Nearly 400 people died in the quake and its aftershocks. Of those deaths, 228 were in the capital city.

The 8-year-old golden retriever works as a sniffer with the Mexican navy’s canine unit is honoured with saving at least 12 lives as she searched the rubble following the quake, according to CBS Los Angeles. Fifteen dogs were deployed in the search, according to the Los Angeles Times, but Frida was by far the most popular on social media.

Mexico Unveils Statue of Frida the Hero Dog and Her Master Who Saved 12 People From Deadly Earthquake
Unveiling statue in honour of #Frida, the rescue dog, and his caretaker the master Israel Arauz. (Photo: Alicia Salgado)

“What did we do to deserve dogs?”

The new statue is not the only public work celebrating Frida’s heroic actions. No one in Mexico could have imagined that the country would be venerating a rescue dog named Frida.

Frida has been deployed to natural disaster areas across the world throughout her career. She saved 52 lives in various natural disasters, according to the Mexican office of the presidency.

Even actor Chris Evans tweeted about Frida. Chris Evans said: “What did we do to deserve dogs?”

Mexico Unveils Statue of Frida the Hero Dog and Her Master Who Saved 12 People From Deadly Earthquake
A large-scale, colourful mural of Frida has appeared in the Roma Norte neighbourhood of Mexico City. (Photo: Celeste Byers)

“Without risk, there is no art.”

With the help of local graffiti artist Uneg, Byers completed the mural in eight days. Painting from a swing stage four stories up, Byers admits that she has a fear of heights.

The bracelet she wore with the words “sin riesgo no hay arte” turned out as her inspiration to finish the mural.

Frida is ready and capable of helping out those in need. As she ages, could step down from her role in searches and become a mentor for younger dogs.

The Associated Press reported.

Who would’ve thought that a dog could actually save people’s lives? We need more dogs like Frida!

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