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Following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, law enforcement throughout the area are on high alert and using bomb-sniffing dogs, according to WLNE-TV. The neighboring state of Rhode Island has dispatched four of their bomb-sniffing K-9 units to help out in Boston after receiving a request from Massachusetts State Police. Rhode Island's state and local law enforcement and their dogs are also exercising high alert in public areas. In fact, bomb-sniffing dogs have been hard at work in most major cities throughout the...

A Secret Service dog died in New Orleans, La., Saturday night, after a tragic falling accident, according to USA Today. The dog, a Belgian Malinois, fell from the six-story Premier Parking garage in the 900 block of Iberville Street near the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 6 p.m. The Secret Service was running a bomb sweep in anticipation of a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. WWL-TV in New Orleans reported that federal agents rushed the dog by motorcade to Metairie Small Animal Hospital, but doctors were unable to save the...

Norbert von der Groeben, Daily News Three police dogs in Palo Alto, Calif. are the latest crime-fighting canines to receive a special gift from Susie Jean of Socorro, N.M.: bulletproof and stab-proof kevlar vests. "Palo Alto officers said they had coveted the vests for years but couldn't afford them at retail prices of more than $1,500 each," reports the San Jose Mercury News. But last fall, a resourceful police dispatcher wrote to Jean and her non-profit organization, Vest 'N P.D.P., which raises money to buy bulletproof and stab-proof vests to donate to police dogs across the country. "It's my passion, and I just really believe in this cause, and I just do what I can to protect as many...

Steve Granitz/Getty Images Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is being sued in Brooklyn Federal Court by a stewardess who claims that J-Lo's former guard dog, a German shepherd named Floyd, attacked her on a private jet in 2006. But Floyd's new owner, "West Wing" actress NiCole Robinson, told the New York Daily News that she was flabbergasted to hear about the lawsuit, and promises she will go to court to defend the dog's reputation. Robinson and her husband, political consultant Craig Snyder, bought Floyd from a K-9 security firm in South Carolina in 2007 after they were frightened by a home break-in. They paid $35,000 for the dog, who received military training in Germany and whose full...

Officer Ricky Valenzuela and his K-9 partner Ugo on the job. Photo: Ricky Valenzuela What animal lover hasn't daydreamed about ditching their desk job and applying for a job at the zoo? Or at a doggy daycare? Or tracking gorillas in Africa? We sure have, but since most of us may never actually get to work with the animals we love, we thought we'd introduce you to a few people who do. Name: Ricky Valenzuela Age: 28 Job: Police K-9 Officer, Mountain View Police Department How long have you been a police K-9 officer? Two years. Before that, I was a regular patrol officer. Please describe what you do. I'm basically a patrol officer and I have the K-9 dog, Ugo (pronounced "you go")...

Trakr lives on in five cloned pups. Photo: AP Trakr, a German Shepherd who died in April at the age of 16 from a degenerative brain disease, will live on in more than just his owner's memories. BioArts International has produced five genetic clones of the heroic dog. So, why Trakr? Truth be told, he was an incredibly special dog. According to the NY Daily News, he and his owner, James Symington, were among the first K-9 teams at Ground Zero on September 11. They helped to locate the final human survivor, trapped beneath 30 feet of unstable debris. Symington entered and won BioArts' Best Friends Again contest. In his essay, Symington wrote, "Once in a lifetime, a dog...