- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A Tacoma police dog named Barney was rushed to a veterinary hospital after ingesting methamphetamine during a narcotics investigation.

The 11-year-old Lab mix was with his handler, Officer Henry Betts, as he was serving a search warrant when he became sick. Police say Barney had a body temperature of 109 and was having seizures when they took him to the BluePearl Veterinary Hospital on Tuesday night.

By Wednesday morning, he was becoming more alert and responsive.

Police say narcotics dogs usually signal when drugs are present by placing their noses on the substance. But in this case, the drugs were unwrapped and Barney came in direct contact with the meth. Dr. Kobi Johnson says they’ll continue to monitor Barney and are cautiously optimistic that he’ll make a full recovery.

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