The Last 9/11 Dog

The last surviving dog to have taken part in the 9/11 search and rescue effort passed away recently, according to a report from the American Kennel Club.

Bretagne was her name. She was a 16-year-old Golden Retriever, who was owned and handled by Denise Corliss.

As members of Texas Task Force 1 Search and Rescue Organization, Bretagne and Denise responded to the World Trade Center tragedy in New York shortly after the September 11th attacks in 2001.

At age two, as a newly certified FEMA Search and Rescue Dog, searching through the debris and rubble of Ground Zero was Bretagne’s first ever deployment.

Denise Corliss accepted the 2017 Empire State Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) on behalf of her fallen partner, Bretagne at a press conference this month at the American Kennel Club’s new pet care space, AKC Canine Retreat.

Bretagne was a devoted dog as well as a source of comfort for the human teams working the tragic scene.

Since September 2001, The AKC has supported search and rescue organizations through its “DOGNY, America’s Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs” initiative which raised over $3.5 million. These efforts helped rescuers in the aftermath of 9/11.

Find out more at AKC.

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