CHICAGO (CBS) – This past week, the nation marked the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The terrorist attacks that day took an enormous human toll and included a massive mobilization of rescue workers at Ground Zero along with nearly 300 search and rescue dogs from across America. The author of a new book says the legacy of the dogs includes some painful memories but valuable lessons too.
“It was just so devastating,” says Nan Walton, author of “Partners-Everyday Working Dogs Being Heroes Every Day.” She trained with several of the dogs dispatched to New York after 9/11. “Most of the dogs who went to ground zero were trained to search in rubble piles and what was left at Ground Zero were dust piles.”
Some of the dogs and their handlers found survivors but most did not. Walton says the dogs, which are trained to find living humans, found only death.