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Last 9/11 search and rescue dog gets birthday trip to New York

Bretagne Credit: BarkBox

The last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero on 9/11 has been treated to a special 16th birthday treat.

Golden retriever Bretagne and his owner and handler Denise Corliss were part of the Texas Task Force 1 team which was dispatched to New York following the attacks on September 11 2001.

Bretagne helped to seek out people trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Centre.

Bretagne and his owner and handler Denise Corliss Credit: BarkBox

To mark her 16th birthday and celebrate her service during 9/11, Bretagne and Ms Corliss were flown to New York from Texas.

The trip, organised by pet products provider BarkBox, saw the pair being met at LaGuardia airport by a limousine before they were whisked off to a suite at a hotel filled with canine treats.

Other highlights included a visit to Times Square in a vintage NYC yellow taxi, where a special billboard welcomed the canine.

It said 'Happy birthday Bretagne' and thanked the pair for their service.

Bretagne was also honoured with a cobblestone at the 9/11 memorial.

A billboard at Times Square thanks the pair for their service Credit: BarkBox

The trip was rounded off with a birthday party, where Bretagne was given presents including a new collar and a special 'dog cake'.

Bretagne with her treats Credit: BarkBox

Ms Corliss said: "New York is a strong city.

"Responding to the World Trade Centre was our first deployment.

"We were there to try and find survivors and when our task force arrived at Ground Zero I just couldn't believe the magnitude.

"And then I looked down at her (Bretagne) and she seemed stoic and ready to work.

"Towards the end of our mission it changed from a search mission to a rescue mission.

"I was so grateful to have a canine partner to help me get through it."

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Ms Corliss and Bretagne Credit: BarkBox