Bretagne, a golden retriever, assisted after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
Bretagne and Captain Denise Corliss at Disaster City, a Texas A&M training facility. Photo Courtesy of the Cy-Fair Fire Department. The last known search-and-rescue dog to serve at the World Trade Center site in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attack has died.
Bretagne, a 16-year-old golden retriever, was euthanized on June 6, 2016, after experiencing kidney failure and other health problems, according to The New York Times.
Bretagne (pronounced Brit-nee) joined the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Houston, Texas, in 2000 and was the founding canine member of the department’s K9 Search and Rescue Team. Certified as a FEMA Disaster Search Dog, Bretagne was just 2 years old when she and her owner and partner Captain Denise Corliss traveled as members of Texas Task Force 1 to Ground Zero. One of around 300 dogs called to duty after 9/11, Bretagne worked 12-hour days for 10 days but found only remains, The New York Timesreported. Like many others, Bretagne took on a secondary role and served as a therapy dog to weary firefighters in need of comfort.