Secret Service dog falls to death working Biden event

An accident claimed the life of a Secret Service dog while on duty protecting the vice president in New Orleans over the weekend.

The Belgian Malanois dog - similar to the one pictured above - fell from a six-story parking garage across the street from the hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

Federal agents and police rushed the dog to a veterinary hospital but it could not be revived, according to WWL-TV.

The dog and its handler were on a bomb sweep ahead of Biden's appearance at a fundraiser for the reelection campaign of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu.

A Secret Service spokesman called the dog's death a "tragic accident" Officials said they will not be releasing the name or gender of the dog.

The Secret Service began its canine program in 1975 as a way to detect explosives, according to the agency website.

The Belgian Malanois is a shepherd breed developed in Holland. It is known for its agility and dedication, traits that make it a popular choice for law enforcement and military work.

The last time Biden made animal news headlines was in 2008 when he purchased a German Shepherd puppy from a Chester County breeder.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement revoked the kennel license of breeder Linda Brown in 2011 following a string of failed inspections during which she was cited for keeping scores of dogs in cramped and filthy conditions.  

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