9/11 Hero Dog Dies From Cancer
Canine Was Sacramento Fire Department Search Dog


POSTED: 4:15 pm PST November 13, 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ana, an accomplished Sacramento Fire Department search dog, has died of cancer.

She died at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Fire Station No. 56 after spending her last day on the job, Capt. Jim Doucette said.

Ana was born on July 4, 1995, and was the first nationally certified Fire Department Disaster Search canine.

She was known for her rescue work in disaster situations such as Ground Zero at the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and three building collapses in Sacramento.

Ana, who was also the first dog certified by the Search Dog Foundation, had officially retired from the fire department in February.

Ana was featured in the media on several occasions, including appearances in the book "Dog Heroes of September 11th," and on National Geographic, "Animal Planet" and CNN.