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Most 9/11 search-and-rescue dogs lived long lives

Dogs called on for search-and-rescue missions after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks lived a median of 12.8 years, the same as search-and-rescue dogs not at the scene, and many outlived their breed's average life span, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "We anticipated that the dogs would be the 'canary in the coal mine' for the human first responders since dogs age faster than humans and didn't have any of the protective equipment during the response," said veterinarian Cynthia Otto, the study's leader. "But we didn't see a lot that was concerning," she added.

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