Hero dog who saved lives in Turkey being treated for injuries after returning home
A rescue dog from Wałbrzych who spent a week searching through rubble in earthquake-stricken Turkey has returned home for veterinary care suffering from exhaustion and an injured paw.
The four-year-old Golden Retriever named Orion was one of eight dogs with the Polish HUSAR rescue team sent to the Turkish town of Besni just hours after the first quake hit.
During the operations, the Commander in Chief of the Polish fire department, Andrzej Bartkowiak wrote on Twitter: “Our four-legged rescuers Nuka, Jerry, Jagger, Orion, Havana, Mela, Ruki, Rico, despite minor injuries suffered during the action, do not give up 💪.
“Surrounded by care, after medical supplies from our doctors and in the right footwear they keep fighting 🇵🇱 🐕”
Returning to Poland after managing to save 12 people, Orion was sent to a veterinary clinic at the University of Life Sciences in Wrocław suffering from exhaustion and an injured paw.
Saying that “working in Turkey was Orion's most difficult mission,” handler Captain Albert Kościński said: “I want Orion to be properly cared for. This is my friend who has been through a lot in the last few days.”
He added that as well as being ‘extremely proud’ of Orion’s work, the dog “now needs to rest and return to training, so that he associates the rubble again with fun, not hard work.
“We have to work through this subject, but I am calm.
“He will take part in many more operations and save many more lives.”
Posting on Facebook, the clinic’s Dr. Maciej Grzegory said: “Orion worked hard for many days, but we will take care of him and he will return to full form.”