WAN Pays Tribute To The Heroic Search & Rescue Dogs Of 9/11

Denise Corliss

Every day animal advocates fight tirelessly to save innocent animals from exploitation.

On this day, in particular, WAN wants to recognize the heroic animals that fought to save the lives of the survivors of the tragic attacks on 9/11.

Nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs were among those working 12 hours a day for two weeks straight at Ground Zero; searching for people trapped in the devastating aftermath of the terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people.

Denise Corliss

Sadly, Bretagne, who was believed to be the last surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search and rescue dog, was put to sleep after suffering kidney failure in June of last year at the age of 16 years old.

Emotional firefighters and rescue workers lined the sidewalk in front of Bretagne’s vet’s office to honor the brave golden retriever, who along with her owner Denise Corliss, provided help during other storms including, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Denise Corliss

“It is with heavy hearts that we report that Bretagne passed away June 6, 2017. Bretagne lived a life of love, hope, and bravery for 16 years. Her dedication and loyalty changed the lives of so many. She will never be forgotten,” notes a post on The Search and Rescue Dogs of Ground Zero 9/11 Facebook page.

Please take a moment to remember and honor all of the voiceless heroes who sacrifice their lives to save ours; more are certain to be needed in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The following photos are from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center which opened on September 11, 2012, to serve as a national research and development center for detection dogs.

The organization, which is among the pioneers in the working dog field, aims to increase collaborative research and the application of the newest scientific findings and veterinary expertise to optimize the performance of lifesaving detection dogs.

Merlyn is a search dog who worked at Ground Zero after 9/11 and lived to be 16 years old. 

Lucy also worked at Ground Zero. She lived to be 15. 

Ground Zero search & rescue dog Mizu lived to be 15 years old. 

Ground Zero search dog Polly lived to be 15. 

Ground Zero search dog Topper lived to be 14. 

 Ground Zero search dog Ditto lived to be 14. 

Thank you to our brave Search And Rescue Men & Women who have risked their lives saving ours, along with these incredible K9 Heroes! We greatly appreciate your servive and will never forget you!

Donations to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center can be made HERE!

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