Animal: Labrador Retriever Salty
|born on||12 December 1996|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
Salty and Roselle were two guide dogs who were with their owners in the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks in New York City. They each successfully guided their owners out of the burning towers before they collapsed, feats which were later recognised when they were awarded the Dickin Medal by the British charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals. Roselle went on to be posthumously named American Hero Dog of the Year 2011 by the American Humane Society, and have a book written about her.
Guide dog Salty was trained in early 1998 by Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York. Part of his training included taking trips on the New York City Subway and getting used to traffic in the Bronx. Omar Rivera was introduced to Salty by his instructor, Caroline McCabe-Sandler.
When the attacks occurred on September 11, Salty and his owner, Omar Rivera, found themselves on the 71st floor. Rivera was working at the headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. After refusing to leave Rivera's side, Salty and Rivera's supervisor, Donna Enright, led him to safety. About halfway down, a co-worker, trying to help, tried to take Salty's lead but the dog refused to leave Omar.
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