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Washington K-9 Dies After Inhaling Meth

March 27, 2015  | 

Photo: Tacoma (Wash.) PD
Photo: Tacoma (Wash.) PD

A Tacoma (Wash.) PD K-9 named Barney has died after he came in contact with unwrapped powdered methamphetamine during a narcotics investigation, the Pierce County prosecutor's office said Thursday.

The 11-year-old Lab mix was with his handler, Officer Henry Betts, as he was serving a search warrant when he became sick, reports KOMO. 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.

Three people were charged with drug possession. Prosecutors haven't decided yet whether to amend the charges to include the death of the police dog.

Comments (8)

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Terry Zech @ 3/27/2015 2:45 PM

Amend the charges that canine partner kept other officers from becoming sick charge those dealers

Heather @ 3/28/2015 12:29 PM

They should definitely be charged with more than possession. A living being and officer was killed because of their actions. People need to be held accountable.

Charles Jastre @ 3/28/2015 1:55 PM

Felony murder rule should apply here.

ssc1911 @ 3/28/2015 2:50 PM

RIP Barney and to Officer Betts, his handler condolences on the loss of your partner.
Hopefully the charges will include the death of Barney. EOW and in heaven.

John @ 3/28/2015 11:06 PM

It's sad to read that this has happened to a dog never mind that the dog has served and protected the public. I think the prosecutors SHOULD amend the charges to include the death of the police dog. I'm sure this brave animal will be missed by many. All affected parties have my deepest condolences.

Jon Retired LEO @ 3/29/2015 2:38 PM

I don't know what Washington's statutes are but they should be able to dig something up to charge them with. The Dog was the same as an Officer and lost his life in performance of his duty. Rest in Peace Barney and condolences to your handler and your department.

Morning Eagle @ 3/29/2015 10:33 PM

How sad! And prosecutors can't decide? Are they real prosecutors or just wanna-be defense attorneys?

Tony @ 3/30/2015 9:21 AM

RIP In Peace Barney.....My condolences to Off, Betz. As a long time K-9 Handler it is difficult to loose your partner under any circumstances, let alone in the the line of duty. Yes if the statutes cover this kind of act there should be no hesitation or question by DA to prosecute. Barney was an officer serving and died in the line of duty. If they do not have a statute that covers this, they better come up with one so the dirt bags of the future do not walk free from such an act.

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