Mourning Bretagne, a Search Dog and Symbol of 9/11 Heroism



Bretagne, a golden retriever believed to be the last surviving search-and-rescue dog to brave the rubble of the World Trade Center site, looking for survivors of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, died at a veterinarian’s office in Cypress, Tex., on Monday. She was 16 years old.


Her death was confirmed by the rescue team Texas Task Force 1 and the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department in Harris County, whose officers lined the sidewalk outside the veterinarian’s office on Monday to bid farewell to the dog, who was euthanized.


On Monday, her owner, Denise Corliss, told the “Today” show that Bretagne (pronounced Brittany) had been experiencing kidney failure and had not eaten for three days.

“She was really anxious last night, and she just wanted to be with me,” Ms. Corliss said. “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.”

Bretagne was mourned on social media by public figures like Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, and by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the New York Police Department’s Special Operations Division.

FEMA tweeted “It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to the last surviving 9/11 search dog, Bretagne. You will be missed.”