The last known living search-and-rescue dog who helped recover victims from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was laid to rest June 6th in Texas. On the way into the veterinarian’s office, she was saluted and honored by two dozen firefights. After she was carried out, the American flag was draped over her body.
Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) was 2-years-old when she and her handler, Denise Corliss, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after two hijacked airplanes brought down the Twin Towers. They spent 10 days at the scene searching rubble for human remains.
Bretagne retired from active duty at age 9, and to celebrate her 16th birthday this past September, she and Corliss visited the 9/11 memorial and Bretagne received a special key to the city.
The terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th are still felt to this day by countless Americans. It’s comforting to know, though, that this brave animal who pulled survivors out of the rubble was properly loved, cared for and honored for her heroic work.