LOOK: These Dogs Are Part of the Rescue Efforts in Pampanga

They're part of the search-and-rescue team for the collapsed supermarket.

(SPOT.ph) Four days after the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit Luzon on April 22, rescuers are still searching for people believed to be trapped under the four-storey supermarket that collapsed in Porac, Pampanga. At least five bodies and nine survivors have been pulled out from the rubble as of April 25 and helping out with the rescue operations are brave dogs trained by the MMDA K9 Corps.

The MMDA K9 Corps is a non-profit organization wholly composed of citizen volunteers training their dogs for search and rescue.

"Our dogs are trained to search for live scent or people. We start by teaching them how to look for their owners which will later be switched to another person who is not familiar to them," Sheryl Palcis, Infomation and Planning Head of the MMDA K9 Corps, tells SPOT.ph.

"During the rescue ops in Porac, our team was divided into three groups assigned in different parts of the collapsed structure to scan the area using the K9s and locate possible live victims. Our dogs found one live victim and one casualty," Palcis details, noting that they also left two markers where their dogs "gave indication of a find" before leaving ground.


Meet the brave K9s deployed for the rescue ops in Pampanga:

K9 Billy (Belgian Malinois) MMDA K9 Corps / Facebook
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K9 Thunder (Jack Russell Terrier) MMDA K9 Corps / Facebook
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Three Golden Retrievers named Chia, Chaplin, and Ringo; and two Dutch Shepherds named Dumbo and Lucy are also part of the rescue operations.

For more information, visit MMDA K9 Corps on Facebook.

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