Sept. 11, 2013, marks the 12th anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on America. When we recall the tragedy of that day, we also remember the many heroes who sprung into action during the events, and in the aftermath. And not all of the heroes were human, as the new Animal Planet special Hero Dogs of 9/11 shows.
Premiering Sept. 10 at 8pm ET/PT, Hero Dogs of 9/11 details the stories of three World Trade Center survivors, and the working dogs that saved lives at Ground Zero. More than 300 dogs were used in the rescue and recovery operation following the attack. One of the survivors profiled, who is blind, was led out of the building by his seeing-eye dog. Another, who had been working at the scene with a bomb-sniffing dog, was pulled from the rubble by a rescue dog. The third was the last survivor to be discovered by a dog and pulled from the rubble — 27 hours after the center collapsed.
Immediately following the hourlong Hero Dogs of 9/11, Animal Planet will re-air the two-hour special Glory Hounds from earlier this year. This special also looks at heroic dogs; in this case, military working dogs and their handlers in action in Afghanistan. The special shows the extraordinary working relationship and friendship that has developed between soldiers and dogs.
Hero Dogs of 9/11 premieres Sept. 10 at 8pm ET/PT on Animal Planet.
Glory Hounds re-airs Sept. 10 at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet.
Dog and handler on rubble pile, from “Hero Dogs of 9/11″: Credit Animal Planet