A Secret Service dog sniffing around a New Orleans parking lot
fell to its death Saturday evening.
The dog was doing a security sweep of a parking lot near a hotel
used by Vice President Joe Biden when it fell six stories to its
The parking lot was adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
where Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for US Senator Mary
Landrieu, reported the Daily Mail.
The Belgian Malinois fell around 6 pm.
A Secret Service spokesman told CNN the death was a "tragic
Secret Service dogs and handlers are trained for 20 weeks before
going into service.
The dog works about 10 years before retiring.
It is unclear how close to retirement the dog was.
The Hill reported that the name of the dog would not be released.