Today officers in Tacoma, Washington, honored a police dog who died last month after ingesting meth on the job.
Barney, an 11-year-old Lab mix, died at Tacoma’s Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital a day after he inhaled powdered meth while serving a search warrant, according to the Tacoma Police Department. The K-9 had served with the police department since 2010.
Barney was immediately taken to the veterinary hospital in critical condition after the incident and, according to Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, he had a temperature of 109 degrees and was experiencing hyperthermia and seizures. Later that day his condition worsened and he passed away. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Tacoma K-9 Officer Barnie was honored at a memorial after he died in the line of duty (image: KING).
At 1 pm today, Barney’s ashes arrived at Tacoma police headquarters as part of a processional and were escorted through a human reception line inside.
Many community members turned out outside police officers to honor Barney’s service.
Jason Yette, who is retired from the Army and a current dog handler, was present with his dog to pay tribute to Barney. He said:
They’re trained to do a job every day and they put their life on the line for their handler without regret, without complaint.
2. Barney, an 11-year-old Lab mix, died at Tacoma’s Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital a day after he inhaled powdered meth while serving a search warrant (image: Facebook).
The loss of the police department’s only narcotics dog is being felt by the entire community. Local resident Julie Kennedy said:
He gave his all to help the community.
K-9 officers are treated with the same respect as their human counterparts, department spokesperson Loretta Cool said.
The processional was followed by a ceremony, during which Barney’s handler Officer Henry Betts spoke. The two had worked together since 2010.
3. The loss of the police department’s only narcotics dog is being felt by the entire community (below, Barney pictured with his handler Officer Henry Betts; image: KING).
Chief Donald Ramsdell said:
Over the past couple of weeks, we have received many cards, letters and emails of comfort of our community as well as members of other communities… It’s incredible support.
Ramsdell said Barney was highly dedicated and loyal, not just to the police department, but also to the community.
Tacoma PD honored Barnie with three posthumous awards for his service: the WSPCA Medal of Valor, the Metro K9 and the Ryker Award.
4. A narcotics dog dies after ingesting meth.
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