9/11 rescue dog Bretagne to be honored on Sept. 11

Bretagne believed last of Ground Zero search dogs

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The celebrated 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne, who passed away in June, will be honored on Sept. 11 at the Cy-Fair fire station.

The men and women with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department said their final goodbyes to Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") in June.  She was the last known surviving search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Bretagne would have turned 17 in August, but the golden retriever's health was declining and her handlers made the difficult decision to put her down.

Bretagne joined the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department's Search and Rescue team in 2000. She had been deployed to several disasters over the years, including New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

After her retirement many years ago, she spent her time visiting with children at local elementary schools.

Bretagne was laid to rest in the Houston area.

The memorial will begin at 7:15 a.m. at Cy-Fair Station 11, where a plaque will be dedicated in her memory.

[VIDEO: Watch the video of Bretagne's final walk]

A very sad day for the men & women with the Cy Fair FD. Today they said good bye to Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") she's the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog. She would have turned 17 in Aug. This video shows her walking into the vet's office one last time - getting a hero's salute. She was put down at 5pm. STORY-->http://bit.ly/1XB5dhM

Posted by Jennifer Bauer on Monday, June 6, 2016