Barney, an eleven-year-old narcotics Labrador mix is recovering after inhaling meth on the job! The resilient Lab’s condition has improved and the vets are cautiously optimistic that he will make a full recovery.
The Labrador was rushed to BluePearl Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday night after ingesting methamphetamine during a narcotics investigation.
The Lab mix and his handler, Officer Henry Betts, were serving a search warrant when the dog became sick. The dog’s body temperature rose to 109 degrees and he started having seizures.
By Wednesday morning, the dog was more responsive and alert.
Narcotics dogs typically signal the presence of drugs by placing their noses on the substance. Sadly, the drugs in this case were not wrapped up, exposing the poor dog directly to the chemicals.
That search warrant lead to the discovery of 44 pounds of meth. Three suspects were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
“This is one of the biggest drug busts we’ve seen in Pierce County in the last decade,” Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a statement announcing the charges.
Get well soon, Barney! Thank you for your service!
Article and image source: Komo News