L.I. Cops Hunt Vandals Who Damaged 9/11 Rescue Dog Monument

Friday, May 27, 2011  |  Updated 7:50 PM EDT
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Vandals in Lindenhurst destroyed a monument dedicated to the rescue dogs who helped on 9/11.

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Long Island police are hunting for vandals who knocked over a 300-pound monument to 9/11 rescue dogs.

The cement statue in Lindenhurst is modeled after a German shepherd who spent 150 days searching through the rubble of ground zero.

In addition to the statue modeled after Hansen, the rescue dog, the park has plaques dedicated to eight Lindenhurst residents who died in the 9/11 attacks

Retired NYPD officer Steve Smeldon, who was Hansen's handler, tells Newsday he is perplexed by the damage.

"Why would somebody want to do this? It's like going into a cemetery," Smaldon told the paper as he surveyed the damage.

Police aren't sure if the statue was targeted, or just the subject of random vandalism.

Hansen died in 2004 at age 11.

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