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11:54 AM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
A Secret Service Agent walks a bomb dog through the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
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David Jackson, USA TODAY

A member of the Secret Service died on duty over the weekend -- one of its dogs.

The Belgian Malinois fell from the roof of a six-story parking deck in New Orleans during a bomb sweep for a visit by Vice President Biden.

Biden spoke at a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

From CNN:

"The agency began its canine program in 1975 to detect explosives. It uses Belgian Malinois because they are small and have short hair -- making it easy for them to work in the heat. They are also very sociable.

"Each dog and its handler has to complete 20 weeks of training before beginning work, the agency said.

"When it's time for a dog to retire -- usually after about 10 years -- it is retired to its handler."

USA TODAY

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