2337: Assessment of Injuries, Environmental Toxins and Anthrax Exposure in NYPD Search and Rescue and Bomb Detection Canines During World Trade Center Relief Efforts

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $83,360
Philip R. Fox, DVM; The Animal Medical Center
February 2, 2002 - March 31, 2004

Sponsor(s): American Kennel Club, Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge Foundation, Nestle Purina PetCare Company, PetCo Foundation, Veterinary Pet Insurance Company

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: General Canine Health
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Terrorist events of September 11 caused devastation of extraordinary scale and magnitude. There is little information in the scientific literature that speaks to the risks or medical consequences to search and rescue dogs exposed to environmental toxicities resulting from massive building collapse and incineration, and bioterror agents such as anthrax. We intend to identify and describe acute and chronic injuries, detect environmental-related toxicities, screen for zoonotic disease (anthrax), and assess future wellness and health risks of New York Police Department working patrol canines associated with the WTC disaster relief efforts. This knowledge will greatly facilitate current and future plans for emergency preparedness and management.


Fox, P. R., Puschner, B., & Ebel, J. G. (2008). Assessment of acute injuries, exposure to environmental toxins, and five-year health surveillance of New York Police Department working dogs following the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center terrorist attack. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 233(1), 48–59. https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.233.1.48

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