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Texas: Bomb-sniffing dog dies in accidental fall

The Associated Press

HOUSTON- An explosives-sniffing dog died Wednesday after falling more than 50 feet during a security sweep to prepare for the NBA All-Star Game.

Mikey, a 4-year-old black Laborador serving with the Lufkin Police Department, jumped from a ramp to chase a bird and fell, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a news release.

Mikey broke away from the grasp of his handler, Lufkin police Officer Paul Jackson, when Jackson was trying to put the dog into a kennel during a water break.

"This is a tragic accident that has saddened all of us," said Donnie Carter, the ATF's special agent in charge for Houston.

An ATF medic treated Mikey at the scene until he was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

Mikey graduated in July 2004 from the ATF Canine Training Center in Virginia.

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