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Posted: 2/15/2006 3:37:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/15/2006 3:48:13 PM EDT by warlord]
HoustonChronicle.com -- http://www.HoustonChronicle.com
Feb. 15, 2006, 5:01PM

ATF's 'Mikey' dies on duty for NBA All-Star Game
ERIC HANSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

An explosives sniffing dog died this morning after falling from a ramp at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.

The dog, Mikey, was part of a U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unit involved in a security sweep of the convention center in preparation for the NBA All-Star game, said Franceska Perot, spokeswoman for ATF.

Perot said about 1:30 a.m. the unit was taking a break and the dog, a Labrador, was being put into the back of a truck when he suddenly bolted and went over the edge of a ramp.

The dog fell about 55 feet to the ground and was taken to a local veterinary clinic where he died. Perot said the dog, used for detecting explosives, may have seen a pigeon and instinct took over and he jumped at the bird.

"This is a highly trained animal but sometimes you can't train the instinct out of them,'' she said.

eric.hanson@chron.com

HoustonChronicle.com -- http://www.HoustonChronicle.com | Section: Front page
This article is: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3660956.html
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:39:32 PM EDT
The NBA should buy them a new dog.

Otherwise we tax payers will.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:40:50 PM EDT
Dang they hate dogs, ban the atf do it for the animals.
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:41:05 PM EDT
$500 from every NBA player should cover it
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:44:33 PM EDT
That's a shame. I'll bet that handler is going through hell right now.

Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:46:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/15/2006 3:56:10 PM EDT
Even the dog knows when to call it quits; must have been guilt.................


Just kidding!!!

I feel for the handler and the dog. Those dogs become part of their family just like kids. My friend is a K9 officer in my county and his dog is wonderful. If something happened to his dog he would be crushed.
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