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K-9 police dog returns to duty after inhaling meth

An occupant of the vehicle, Mone’ Sellers, 29, was arrested on drug charges.

By Ben Hooper

EL CERRITO, Calif., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A California police department said a K-9 unit dog has returned to active duty after being treated for accidentally inhaling meth during a search.

The El Cerrito Police Department said the 4-year-old German shepherd, Koda, was called to the scene of a traffic stop Nov. 26 to search a car for drugs. The canine located a small amount of "suspected cocaine" and ended up inhaling some of the substance, police said.

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Koda was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic, where he tested positive for a stimulant that his handler, Officer Joshua Del Prado, said was identified as methamphetamine.

"Depending on the dosage, how their body responds to it, it could be fatal," Del Prado told KTVU-TV.

Koda was kept overnight and made a full recovery. The police department said the dog returned to duty Saturday night.

Mone' Sellers, 29, of San Pablo, was arrested at the scene of the traffic stop on suspicion of drug-related offenses.

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