Bretagne, The last known surviving 9/11 dog, has died

Bretagne, the last known surviving canine hero who searched the rubble of ground zero after the 9/11 tragedy on September 11, 2001, has crossed the rainbow bridge.  She was a 16 year old golden retriever.



When Denise Corliss, Bretagne’s (pronounced Brittany) owner and handler noticed earlier this week that Bretagne wasn’t eating, she knew something wasn’t right.  Eating was her favorite thing.  Sunday night she wouldn’t settle unless she was right by Denise’s side.

On the afternoon of Monday June 6, 2016, members of the Texas Task Force 1 and The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department stood outside the Fairfield Animal Hospital in Cypress, Texas while Bretagne made her final entrance.  She was later brought out, draped in an American flag while her admirers still stood, saluting.

Bretagne’s last walk:

Photo: Houston Chronicle

Photo: Houston Chronicle

She was transported to a nearby university for an autopsy.  The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation is conducting a study of all 9/11 search andrescue dogs.

Here is a video presented by Barkbox of Bretagne celebrating her 16th birthday last summer.

Thank you Bretagne and Denise for all of your most admirable service.  Run free and without pain Bretagne.

For an excellent in depth story on Bretagne including photos, check out this article from – Never Forget last 9/11 ground zero search dog dies just shy of 17th birthday

2 thoughts on “Bretagne, The last known surviving 9/11 dog, has died

  1. awwwe, bless her. I remember reading Bretagne’s best day at the time. So happy she got to experience that, and have a long life after helping so many others.

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