Daisy, the Guide Dog That Saved 967 People in the World Trade Center on September 11Fiction!



Summary of eRumor:
The story of a golden retriever named Daisy that was the guide dog for James Crane, a blind worker in the World Trade Center in New York.  On the day of the terrorist attacks, James was 20 floors above where the jetliner hit and knew he wouldn’t make it, but he sent Daisy away.  A half hour later, however, Daisy returned and saved James, James’ boss, and 300 more people.  Daisy went back into the building and led 392 more survivors to safety.  Then returned to the building once more, but the building collapsed,  Daisy survived, but was injured, and carried to safety by a firefighter who said Daisy saved 273 more lives.  Daisy is to be honored by New York Mayor “Guilaini” by the Canine Medal of Honor.  The email claims to have been copied from the September 19, 2001 edition of the New York Times.

The Truth:

This is a hoax.  There are no reports of this outside of the eRumor, and no article about this appeared in the New York Times on any date.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Subject: Fw: Story about a Golden Retriever named Daisy!

What a great story, especially if you are an animal lover. This is a true story which happened on 9-11-01…….. James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center. He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy.

After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go out of an act of love. With tears in her eyes she darted away into the darkened hallway. Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke he was just waiting to die…About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James’ boss, who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112. On her first run of the building, she leads James, James’ boss and about 300 more people out of the doomed building. But she wasn’t through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped.

So, highly against James’ wishes she ran back into the building. On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapses. James hears about this and falls on his knees into tears. Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. “She lead us right to the people, before she got injured” the fireman explained. Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a
broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.

The next week, Mayor Guilaini rewards Daisy with the Canine medal of Honor of New York. Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win such an honor. {copied from NEW YORK TIMES 9-19-01}