VIRGINIA BEACH -- Four Virginia Beach search and rescue dogs that searched through rubble at the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are in good health, according to Mark Piland, a battalion chief with the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
Nationally, 14 dogs that searched for survivors at the World Trade Center
have died, eight from cancer.
There have been no deaths reported of dogs that worked the Pentagon.Piland
was deployed to the Pentagon Sept. 12 with 76 other local members of Virginia Task Force 2
, one of FEMA's national search and rescue teams.Many of those who worked the Pentagon in 2001 are now deployed to Jacksonville, Fla., for hurricane assistance.
"The local dogs that worked the Pentagon are healthy," Piland
said from his
cell phone in Florida.