Secret Service letting the dogs out near White House

SHARE Secret Service letting the dogs out near White House

WASHINGTON — Planning a visit to the White House? Bring your kids and camera. But please, don’t feed the animals.

The Secret Service says it’s started deploying specialized canine units to protect the area around the White House. Although the Secret Service has used dogs since 1976 to screen areas for presidential visits, this is the first time they’re being deployed among the general public.

The program started last month. On summer mornings, the new canines can be seen patrolling just outside the White House gates, sniffing their way through throngs of visitors, protesters and joggers.

In the past, the Secret Service exclusively used Belgian Malinois (MAL’-ehn-wah) dogs. The new program uses a variety of other breeds that have temperaments suitable for use in crowds.

JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

The Latest
It is one of 10 projects across the country to receive a federal grant to build advanced intelligent transportation system technologies that will improve mobility, safety and provide multimodal transportation.
Rashon Kyle was arrested Sunday in the Brainerd neighborhood and charged in the June 12 shooting that killed Vincent J. Barnes, police said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Julien on Tuesday told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber he should not allow defense attorneys to embark on “a wide-ranging fishing expedition in the hopes of turning up evidence of some kind of government misconduct.”
For the second time in less than a month, an Illinois angler caught a pending Illinois record pink salmon. What is going on?
The Black, Southern cuisine that the Harvey-raised chef learned at home has made Hyde Park’s Virtue the hottest spot on the South Side and made him a success on “Top Chef.”