An emergency treatment for drug overdoses was implemented this week at an Oregon jail when a police canine reportedly ingested heroin.
According to Fox News, Abbie, the mix between a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois who provides her services for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, encountered the illicit drug on Tuesday evening after an individual smuggled it into the facility.
Authorities released a statement confirming the incident at around 7:30 p.m. and describing the animal’s behavior after consuming the contraband when it fell to the floor during a search.
The statement indicated that Abbie started “exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking and rapid blinking.”
A deputy at the scene was able to retrieve a dose of Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of heroin, and deliver it to the dog.
From there, the 2-year-old animal was treated at an area veterinary hospital and released the following day.
As part of its statement confirming the incident this week, authorities took the opportunity to thank those responsible for “generous public donations” that made their stock of Narcan possible.
Abbie had been with the agency since April.
[Featured image: Eliseo Ramos and Abbie, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office]