Rescue dog hailed a hero after finding Taiwan quake survivors

Feb 9 (Reuters) - A rescue dog in Taiwan has been hailed a hero for finding earthquake survivors trapped in rubble while taking part in its first mission in the field.

In a video released by the Fire Bureau of Taichung City, Tie Hsiung, a Labrador whose name translates as "Iron Hero," is seen sniffing for survivors and alerting rescuers to a human presence.

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Rescue dogs in Taiwan brave dangerous conditions to find quake survivors
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TOPSHOT - In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Li Chun-sheng pats his dog Tie Hsiung in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Tie Hsiung, just four years-old and facing his first ever field test, braved dangerous aftershocks in the search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck late on February 6 in the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A search and rescue dog rests with rescue workers near the Yun Tsui building, which is leaning at a precarious angle, in the Taiwanese city of Hualien on February 9, 2018, after the city was hit by a 6.4-magnitude quake late on February 6. Taiwan began demolishing three dangerously damaged buildings on February 9 as rescue workers combed the rubble of a hotel in a last-ditch effort to find seven people still missing after a deadly earthquake. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainers (2nd L to R) Chou Tsung-chi (with dog Hsiao Chiang), Lin You-zhun (with dog Tuei Tuei); Li Chun-sheng (with dog Tie Hsiung) and their colleague and dog (L-name unavailable) pose for a photo taken by a colleague (R) in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Tie Hsiung, just four years-old and facing his first ever field test, braved dangerous aftershocks in the search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck late on February 6 in the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Li Chun-sheng (under cloth) and Tuei Tuei (L) take part in a rescue training exercise in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainers (2nd L to R) Chou Tsung-chi (with dog Hsiao Chiang), Lin You-zhun (with dog Tuei Tuei); Li Chun-sheng (with dog Tie Hsiung) and their colleague and dog (L-name unavailable) pose for a photo in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Tie Hsiung, just four years-old and facing his first ever field test, braved dangerous aftershocks in the search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck late on February 6 in the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Lin You-zhun feeds dogs Tuei Tuei (R) and Tie Hsiung in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Tie Hsiung, just four years-old and facing his first ever field test, braved dangerous aftershocks in the search for survivors after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck late on February 6 in the popular eastern tourist city of Hualien on Tuesday, killing 10 people. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Lin You-zhun and dog Tuei Tuei take part in a rescue training exercise in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainers Lin You-zhun (R) and Li Chun-sheng (C) take part in a rescue training exercise with dog Tuei Tuei (L) in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog Tuei Tuei waits to be given the go ahead to eat some dog biscuits in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Li Chun-sheng and dog Tuei Tuei take part in a rescue training exercise in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
In this picture taken on February 8, 2018, earthquake search and rescue dog trainer Li Chun-sheng (R) and his colleague play with one of their dogs in the Taiwanese city of Hualien. Rescue dog teams were not fully established in Taiwan until about seven years ago, but have become a valuable source of help in the recent 6.4-magnitude quake that hit Hualien late on February 6. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE / TO GO WITH Taiwan-animal-earthquake-rescue-dog (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Agencies reported that he discovered one survivor who had been trapped in the rubble for 15 hours, and another person who subsequently died.

The dog received an outpouring of support from across Taiwan, including from the mayor of Taichung, the city which sent him to assist in rescue efforts, local media reported.

The 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which struck the coastal city of Hualien on Tuesday, has killed at least 10 people and aftershocks have hampered rescue efforts.

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Taiwan Earthquake: scenes from the ground
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Rescue workers block off the area to search for survivors outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said on February 7, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. / AFP PHOTO / Paul YANG (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Three British tourists sit outside a collapsed building in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said on February 7, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. / AFP PHOTO / Paul YANG (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A damaged vehicle stands in rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents stay outside their homes in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said on February 7, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. / AFP PHOTO / Paul YANG (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A fireman works at a collapses building after earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
Rescue personnel search a collapses building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
Rescue personnel search a collapses building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
A damaged building is seen after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
Rescue personnel search a collapses building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
A police officer stands guard outside a damaged building after an earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan February 7, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone�Siu
Rescue workers check the quake site in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said on February 7, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. / AFP PHOTO / Paul YANG (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescure workers search the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL YANG / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers search through rubble outside the Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / STR / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Two guests are escorted by rescue workers from the damaged Marshal Hotel in Hualien, eastern Taiwan early February 7, 2018, after a strong earthquake struck the island. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / YANG JEN-FU / Taiwan OUT (Photo credit should read YANG JEN-FU/AFP/Getty Images)
Costumers escaped from the damaged Marshal Hotel stay outside in Hualien, eastern Taiwan, after a strong quake on February 7, 2018. A hotel on the east coast of Taiwan has collapsed after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, the government said. / AFP PHOTO / YANG JEN-FU (Photo credit should read YANG JEN-FU/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescue workers block off the area outside a building which tilted to one side after its foundation collapsed in Hualien after a strong 6.4-magnitude quake rocked eastern Taiwan early on February 7, 2018. The 6.4-magnitude earthquake on the east coast of Taiwan has left two dead and more than 200 injured, the government said on February 7, after buildings crumbled and trapped people inside. / AFP PHOTO / Paul YANG (Photo credit should read PAUL YANG/AFP/Getty Images)
Houses in Hualien after magnitude 6.0 earthquake. #earthquake #PrayForTaiwan #taipei #taiwan https://t.co/FGP4IGP3HG
Emergency services are working to free anyone trapped inside a hotel which collapsed after a shallow 6.4-magnitude… https://t.co/LxcFFVeOea
Photos of latest #Taiwan earthquake shared on Line group chat. Stay safe, everyone!! https://t.co/UmXgXH1YBj https://t.co/4CupAQ49sE
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(Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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