CLACKAMAS COUNTY, Ore. – A donated Narcan kit saved a police service dog (PSD) in Oregon. The K9 was administered an overdose reversal drug on Tuesday after she was exposed to heroin.
Abbie, a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix, was conducting a routine search for contraband at the Clackamas County Jail with her handler, Deputy Eliseo Ramos, around 7:30 p.m. when she discovered there was heroin smuggled in, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
During the search, the heroin spilled and Abbie was exposed to the narcotic. She began “exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking and rapid blinking.”
Another K9’s handler, Deputy McGlothin, administered a dose of a Narcan to Abbie, and she stabilized. Moreover, she was treated at an animal hospital and released Wednesday morning.
Abbie, who turned two in March, has been serving with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office since April.
The department said they have six Narcan overdose kits specifically for its K9s due to “generous public donations.”