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Bretagne, 9/11 Search Dog — Last Known Living One, Dies at 16

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Bretagne, the last known living 9/11 search dog, has died in a Houston suburb at age 16. (D Fahleson/Houston Chronicle via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jun 2016 01:17 PM

Bretagne, believed to be the last surviving 9/11 search dog who was deployed to the wreckage of the World Trade Center in 2001, was euthanized Monday after suffering from kidney failure.

Bretagne, pronounced Brittany, a 16-year-old golden retriever with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in suburban Houston, was 2 when she was deployed to Ground Zero with her handler and owner Denise Corliss as part of Texas' search-and-rescue contingent after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Bretagne was one of 300 dogs that took part in search efforts at the Word Trade Center, the newspaper noted.

NBC's "Today" show reported that the dog had slowed down due to kidney failure and had stop eating. Corliss said she knew it was time when Bretagne had gone three straight days without a meal.

"She was really anxious last night and she just wanted to be with me," Corliss told "Today" Monday. "So I laid down with her, right next to her. When she could feel me, she could settle down and go to sleep. I slept with her like that all night."

The Dallas Morning News wrote that fire department
members stood flanked and saluted as Corliss walked Bretagne into the veterinarian Monday.

"Her calm demeanor and warm heart helped the young and old through their own difficult moments," the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department said, according to The Morning News.

The Morning News reported that Bretagne also responded to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, among other disasters. She retired from active duty about five years ago.

Bretagne helped train other search dogs and was a weekly visitor at a local elementary school after retiring, the newspaper said.

Texas Task Force 1, the state's search and rescue team that used Bretagne in its efforts, posted tribute to the canine on its Facebook page Monday.



Bretagne was recognized at age 15 when she returned to Ground Zero with Corliss for the first time since the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to "Today."

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