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Last known 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne, dies aged 16

Last known 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne, dies aged 16
Bretagne and his owner Denise Corliss from Cypress, Texas, arrived at the site in New York on September 17, remaining there for ten days

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks, where almost 3,000 people died, nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors.

A statement from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service says Golden Retriever Bretagne was put to sleep in June this year at a veterinary clinic in the Houston suburb of Cypress.

Bretagne (Pronounced: Britney) was two years old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, took part in the 9/11 search operation in New York.

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They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.

Nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs were used after 9/11 to try to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Centre.

Bretagne retired from active duty aged nine.

After retiring, Bretagne helped other search dogs and volunteered at a reading programme at a primary school in Texas.

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with his handler Denise

Bretagne takes a break from work at the 9/11 site with his handler Denise

 

Bretagne, with Denise Corliss, was given an honour guard by members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Houston

Bretagne, with Denise Corliss, was given an honour guard by members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Houston

 

Aged 15, Bretagne was taken by Denise Corliss to the 9/11 memorial. While she was in New York last year, she was treated to a suite at 1 Hotel Central Park and took a taxi ride through Times Square.

Aged 15, Bretagne was taken by Denise Corliss to the 9/11 memorial.
While she was in New York last year, she was treated to a suite at 1 Hotel Central Park and took a taxi ride through Times Square.

She was also a 2014 finalist for the American Humane Association’s annual Hero Dog Awards.

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