Sniffing drugs ain't easy and K-9 Officer Bear discovered that the hard way. We normally don't think the dogs are in any danger when rooting for drugs but that is simply not the case.

Kennewick Police reported that K-9 Officer Bear wasn't feeling well after a recent drug bust and so he was taken to the vet and it was discovered that he had amphetamines in his system - luckily he's going to be alright - here is the report courtesy of the Kennewick Police Department: 

THE HAZARDS OF BEING A POLICE K9- BEAR SUFFERS FROM METH INTOXICATION. You may remember we posted about a problem house our Criminal Apprehension Team shut down with a search warrant on 01-14-2020.
Our narcotics detection K9 Bear assisted CAT Detectives with that search warrant in the 1700 block of W 25th Ave. Bear helped Detectives locate suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia hidden throughout the house and in a vehicle out front. Unfortunately, unknown to his handler at the time, Bear somehow ingested an unknown amount of methamphetamine while working. When Bear got home that night his handler noticed that he was not behaving normally. His handler administered a dose of nasal Narcan which had no affect. Bear's handler took him to Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service to be evaluated. Bear's symptoms worsened and a test confirmed Bear had amphetamines in his system. Bear was admitted with high blood pressure, high temperature and muscle tremors. Bear was required to stay under constant Veterinarian observation for the next 40 hours between Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service and Vista Veterinary Hospital while he recovered.

We are happy so say Bear has been cleared for full duty and returned to work today. We want to express a sincere THANK YOU to the staff at Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service and Vista Veterinary Hospital for taking care of our K9 Officer.

We are all glad K-9 Officer Bear is feeling better but it's a reminder that canine officers have a deadly job and anything can happen to these brave animals.

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