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.

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