Proteo was part of the Mexican brigade sent to support the rescue efforts in Turkey.
Mexico was one of the countries that joined the international support for the search and rescue of victims of the fatal earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria with more than a hundred brigade members and various dogs that have raised the name of the Aztec nation.
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However, this February 12, one of the squads of the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) announced the unfortunate death of Proteo, a German Shepherd dog who died in the performance of his work to rescue survivors of the 7.8 earthquake. registered at dawn on February 5 (Mexico time).
The news was released on the social networks of the unit headed by Luis Crescencio Sandoval, including Tik Tok, where the last message that the Proteo coach dedicated to his partner “who took him” to be part of the Mexican team that currently was shared. Help the Turkish nation.
“I can only thank you for having brought me. Unfortunately you won’t be able to get there with me (…) Someday we will see each other again”.
In the 48-second clip, the military element, with the last name Villeda, can be seen in the disaster zone, from where he dedicated a few words to the dog that he recognized as a “strong dog; a hard-working dog, who never gave up.” Because of this, he longed for the Mexican citizenry to remember his heroic value and “never forget you.”
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“I feel proud of you (…) I will always be remembering you. (…) All of Mexico I hope that they always remember you, that they never forget you, ”the soldier’s message cut short.
The audiovisual was accompanied by various photographs of Proteo during his training, as well as in his rescue work; highlighting two images that documented him receiving veterinary care. However, so far the National Defense has not detailed the causes of the death of the pair that aroused uncertainty among Internet users, who – in some cases – asked the agency to clarify what was the reason for the death.
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“We demand to know what happened to him. If he was sick or he was too old to go or if an accident happened to him due to lack of protection ”,“ But what happened to him? ” or “How did this happen?”, were some of the comments they left in the Sedena’s Twitter post, although the vast majority of the responses only asked that Proteo return to Mexico to be “honored as a hero.” The latter due to the comment in which Villeda stated that he would return to the nation without his canine pairing.
“He deserves a funeral fit for a hero”, “Please bring him to Mexico. Don’t leave him in Turkey”, “You have to bring him to your country to give him a ceremony worthy of a good soldier”, “Do what you can to bring him. They are heroes and need to be honored,” wrote several people, who were moved by the unexpected news.
“Together they left, together they returned. Bring him please.”
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The death of the canine was similarly lamented by the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón, who recognized Proteo for “raising the name of Mexico and our people.”
Similarly, the Topos México rescue brigade expressed its “respect and admiration” to the National Defense dog and wished him rest in peace.
I regret the sensitive death of Proteo, a member of the SEDENA rescue team in Turkey. He raised up the name of Mexico and our people. pic.twitter.com/3uvaRTrCqy
— Marcelo Ebrard (@m_ebrard) February 12, 2023
The Red Cross team made up of Édgar Martínez and Balam managed to rescue a person alive from the rubble in Turkey, during the fourth day of support from the Mexican brigades.
According to the brigade member, the rescue was carried out in the early hours of Friday (Mexico time): thanks to the detection of the son of Athos, a rescue dog that was poisoned and for which the first conviction for animal abuse was handed down. in Mexico — was that the female between 34 and 40 years of age could be identified and rescued almost five days after the earthquake.
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