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Secret Service Dog Dies in Line of Duty

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) -- The Secret Service suffered a fatality last weekend while helping to make an area safe for Vice President Joe Biden.

According to the agency, a bomb-sniffing Belgian Malinois lost its footing and fell from the roof of a parking garage next door to the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans where Biden was scheduled to deliver a speech.

Despite being rushed to an animal hospital, veterinarians were unable to save the Secret Service dog.

Agency spokesman Max Milien said the animal's death was a "tragic accident" but in accordance with Secret Service policy, would not reveal the dog's name.

Belgian Malinois are a breed of dog used because they are small, fast, smart and sociable.  The Secret Service started using bomb-sniffing dogs in 1975.

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