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Two Decades Since 9/11: Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center Launches Tribute Video

By: Martin J. Hackett Date: Sep 9, 2021

9-11_slider[September 9, 2021; PHILADELPHIA] The Working Dog Center at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) has launched a new video, “Two Decades Since 9/11: A Tribute.” This short video features the handlers of Search and Rescue working dogs deployed to Ground Zero and the Pentagon immediately following September 11, 2001. 

“On September 11th, I got the call to pack my bags and report to the Philadelphia Fire Academy as part of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1,” said Cynthia Otto, professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine, and director of Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center. “I spent 10 days at Ground Zero taking care of the dogs that were working there. That indelible, very personal experience served as the guidepost and inspiration for The Working Dog Center that we have today.”

The video is dedicated by the Working Dog Center to the canines who served our country in the aftermath of September 11th, and to all dogs who continue to bring humans hope in difficult times.