A Secret Service dog falls, then dies while in the process of doing a sweep at the six-story parking deck of the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton on Saturday night.
On Jan. 27, CNN stated that Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at the hotel during a fundraiser for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) when the dog fell to its tragic death.
The Secret Service dog was a Belgian Malinois, which is one of the four varieties of the Belgian Shepherd. The Belgian Malinois is a dog that is always active, alert and is a tenacious and an ardent defender of his master, bringing together all the qualities needed to be a Secret Service dog. Because of its intelligence and alertness, it makes an excellent watchdog and is also often used by the military.
After the canine fell, Secret Service agents and police rushed the black and brown Belgian shepherd to a nearby veterinary hospital in a motorcade. However, veterinary physicians were unable to revive the dog. A spokesman for the Secret Service later called the death a ‘tragic accident.’
Back in 1975, the Secret Service initiated its canine program which used dogs as a tool to detect explosives. Belgian Malinois' were chosen mainly because they are small, have short hair and are quite friendly dogs.