Mexican Congress Approves Day to Honor Rescue Dogs

Famed Mexican rescue dog Frida. Photo: Google


There isn’t much that the members of Mexico’s divided Chamber of Deputies agree on, but despite their radically divergent political views, the entire lower house voted unanimously last week to declare Nov. 15 as a National Day for Rescue Dogs.

Nov. 15 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Mexico’s most famous rescue dog, Frida, who helped in the Sept. 19, 2017, earthquake.

Trained and handled by the country’s Naval Secretariat, Frida will now be forever remembered on Mexico’s official National Day for Canine Training for Rescue and Humanitarian Assistance.

“There are many canines that can save our lives, and they have our respect and admiration. It is time for us to rescue them too,” said Deputy Susana Cano González from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) majority National Regeneration Movement (Morena) party.

Cano González was one of the main promoters of the bill to declare the rescue dog day.

The bill passed the  Chamber of Deputies with the unanimity of 477 votes in favor.

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