Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks was laid to rest on Monday. Her handler, Denise Corliss adopted an 8-week-old Golden Retriever puppy in 1999 and after 25 and 30 hour training weeks they qualified as a dog/handler team for Texas Task Force 1 in 2000.
Their first deployment was the Twin Towers.
Bretagne (pronounced Brit-nee) was one of 300 rescue dogs who assisted firefighters and police officers at Ground Zero.
Dr. Cindy Otto, a veterinarian who worked with rescue dogs said, “those dogs brought the power of hope. They removed the gloom for just an instant — and that was huge because it was a pretty dismal place to be.”
After 9/11, Bretagne was deployed to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan and others. At age 9, she retired from search and rescue but continued to work as a reading assistance dog.
16-year-old Bretagne was given a hero’s salute as she and Corliss entered the animal hospital for the last time.
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