One of the surviving search and rescue dogs from the 9/11 terrorist attacks has recently undergone stem cell treatment to help with her debilitating arthritis.
Red, a 12-year-old Black Lab, developed arthritis from her long career in rescue work, which involved jumping on hard concrete surfaces, searching through rough terrain, and a recent fall from a ladder. Red won’t be able to return to work, but it will help alleviate her pain and provide her a level of comfort in her retirement.
Red’s incredible career includes locating DNA evidence in the Pentagon’s north parking lot after the 9/11 attacks. Red is also a veteran of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The search and rescue groups Red was part of are credited with finding 70 percent of the human remains at the Pentagon. Thanks to this group of amazing canine heroes, many families were able to find closure.
Red is already up and walking. She’s expected to be capable of running and playing again in just a few months. TAILS wishes Red a speedy recovery and thanks her for her service to the country!
Here is her story: