A black Lab who gained national attention with his rescue work at the World Trade Center site and later searched for Hurricane Katrina survivors has died. Jake, who lived in Utah, was 12 years old and suffering from cancer. Abandoned as a puppy with a broken leg, Jake helped train other rescue dogs and did therapy work with burn victims.
Some owners say exposure to the WTC site made rescue dogs sick, but cancer is common in older animals, the AP reports. Jake was part of a select corps on call for emergencies across the country. "He was always ready to work, eager to play," said owner Mary Flood, "and a master at helping himself to any unattended food items." (Read more rescue dogs stories.)