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Bretagne, The Last 9/11 Service Dog To Work At Ground Zero, Was Put Down

She would have been 17 in August.

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Sadly, Bretagne was put down on Monday, only a few months from her 17th birthday. She had been having problems walking for the last few years. She could no longer climb stairs at home and was experiencing kidney failure.

Denise Corliss / Via Facebook: dnrwdogs

As of 2014, Bretagne was considered the last living service dog that had been employed by FEMA to work at Ground Zero directly after 9/11.

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Corliss told Today that she decided it was time to put Bretagne down when she went through days without being able to do her favorite thing in the entire world: eat.

"She was really anxious last night and she just wanted to be with me," Corliss told Today on Monday. "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."

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You can watch Bretagne's final salute here:

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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