The rescue dog who found the bodies of two gold panners buried in a landslide in Benguet in August was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal by the regional police on Monday, September 6.
Zeus was recognized for finding the bodies of Morina Simeon Lintan and Nestor Talangcag after four days of searching the rubble along Antamok River in Loacan, Itogon, Benguet.
The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR), through Regional Director Brigadier General Ronald Lee, gave the dog the medal during the flag-raising ceremony at Camp Major Bado Dangwa.
Lintan and Talangcag were goldpanning when they were buried in a landslide from a mountain slope behind them. Zeus and his handlers were able to find them separately, behind a huge boulder.
Zeus the rescue dog was himself a rescued dog. Ruben Ventura found him abused and severely malnourished in Tarlac, and patiently nursed him to health.
When the Cordillera police went to Tarlac to look for candidates for their PROCOR Regional Explosive and Canine Unit, also known as the Torogi Dogs, Ventura handed Zeus to Patrolman Cyrus Backeng. – Rappler.com