The Last Living 9/11 Search And Rescue Dog Does One Last Walk Into The Vet With A Hero's Salute

Video of the last 9/11 search and rescue dog, Bretagne (pronounced “Brittany”) walking into the vet’s office for the last time with a hero’s salute. She would have turned 17 in August. Rest in peace, Bretagne.

On Monday, the last known living search-and-rescue dog who worked to recover victims from the rubble of the World Trade Center attacks passed away at the age of 16, according to The Houston Chronicle.

 Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

Bretagne (pronounced like Brittany), a Golden Retriever, was given a hero's send-off as she was led into the veterinarian's clinic in Cypress, Texas to be put to sleep (video above). She would've turned 17 in August.

 Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

Bretagne and her handler Denise Corliss, a volunteer Cy-Fair firefighter, were part of the Texas Task Force 1 sent to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan after the attacks. Bretagne, who lived with Corliss and her husband Randy her entire life, was just 2 years-old when she was deployed to New York and spent 10 days at the scene searching through the rubble.

Photo: Ravi Maini, Photo Courtesy Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department

Two-dozen of their fellow firefighters and members of the search-and-rescue dog community were on-hand lining the sidewalk and tearfully saluting the ailing dog as she took her last walk. Afterwards, an American flag was draped over Bretagne as she was carried back out of the hospital, the Chronicle reports.

She was then taken to Texas A&M University, where veterinarians will perform a necropsy and study the effects of Ground Zero on her body.

Photo: D Fahleson, Houston Chronicle

Cy-Fair fire chief Amy Ramon said that not only was Bretagne "a part of the Cy-Fair family" but she "touched every station" in the agency.

Corliss and Bretagne pictured below taking a break during search-and-rescue at Ground Zero:

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