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A Secret Service dog fell to its death Saturday night while doing a sweep of a multi-story parking deck near a hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

The Belgian Malinois fell from the roof of the six-story deck adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans where Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, reported CNN affiliate WWL.

Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told CNN the death was a “tragic accident.”

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.

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