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Last Known Surviving Sept. 11 Search Dog Dies

Bretagne, last of the 9/11 search and rescue dogs, passed away June 13, 2016. She received a hero’s sendoff.

Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”) and her owner and handler, Denise Corliss, were members of Texas Task Force 1, and worked tirelessly alongside 100 other search and rescue dogs to locate people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

The Golden Retriever passed away just shy of her 17th birthday after she began experiencing kidney failure, USA Today reports. Corliss and her husband brought Bretagne to Fairfield Animal Hospital in Cypress, Texas, where representatives from Texas Task Force 1, the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department and other agencies stood at attention and saluted the brave dog.

During her career, Bretagne aided rescue efforts in more than a dozen other disasters. When she turned 16, she celebrated in style with a trip to New York City. Bretagne stayed at a luxury hotel, chowed down on a gourmet burger, was chauffeured around in a vintage New York City taxi and received the doggy equivalent of the key to the city.

By: Anastasia Thrift