Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) One of the most effective members of the rescue team that sprung into action after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hualien on Tuesday night was a relative newcomer, a four-year-old Labrador that helped save lives under extreme conditions.
The dog, named Tie-hsiung, is the leader of a rescue dog team belonging to the Taichung Fire Bureau, which sent two rescue dogs and 26 people to help search for people trapped in partially collapsed buildings.
Tie-hsiung, meaning “iron hero” in Mandarin, has been working with its partner, Tuei-tuei, meaning “leg leg,” since soon after the earthquake struck on Tuesday searching for survivors.
Although it was Tie-hsiung’s first mission, it did not hesitate to plunge right into one of the collapsed structures, the Marshal Hotel, and found Chou Chih-hsuan (???) and Liang Shu-wei (???) under the hotel’s reception desk, said Tie-hsiung’s handler, Lee Chun-sheng (???).
Tie-hsiung was very excited to locate the …