Narcan kit saves K9 Abbie after exposure to contraband heroin in jail


News release from: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Posted: Wedensday, August 8, 2018, 11:49 a.m.

K9 Abbie in treatment at VCA Animal Hospital Abbie just after release from hospital Abbie just after release from hospital K9 Abbie and Deputy Eliseo Ramos K9 Abbie and Deputy Eliseo Ramos K9 Abbie and Deputy Eliseo Ramos

A donated Narcan kit for K9s came in handy after a Sheriff's Office drug-detection dog ran afoul of some contraband heroin in the Clackamas County Jail.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, K9 Abbie and handler Deputy Eliseo Ramos were conducting a routine search for contraband in the E block at Clackamas County Jail. The dog alerted on smuggled heroin on top of a hygiene container under a table.

During the search the container spilled over -- and Abbie was exposed to the heroin.

Abbie began exhibiting signs of drug exposure, including excessive saliva, rapid head shaking and rapid blinking.

Fortunately, K9 Grimm's handler Deputy McGlothin was able to deliver a special Narcan kit for dogs to the Jail to administer nasally to K9 Abbie. Narcan contains nalaxone -- a reversal drug for overdoses on opioids such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil. Thanks to generous public donations, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office K9 teamwas recently able to purchase six Narcan kits for the unit's dogs. (Details here: /sheriff/pressreleases/2018-02-28-CCSOPR-K9Narcan.html)

The Narcan dosage successfully stabilized Abbie, and she was transported to VCA Animal Hospital on SE 82nd Ave. for treatment. She was held for observation overnight and released this morning.

Photos of K9 Abbie with her handler, in the hospital, and just after this morning's release are attached.

About the K9 Narcan Donation

We wrote about the acquisition of K9 Narcan kits from K9s of Valor in this Feb. 28 press release, which includes photos and B-roll video of the kits.

About K9 Abbie

  • Handler: Deputy E. Ramos
  • Breed: Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd
  • Specialties: Narcotic detection
  • Favorite toy: Tennis ball
  • Birthday: March 15, 2016
  • Birthplace: The Netherlands
  • Language: Dutch
  • Began service: April 2018


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Contact info:

Sgt. Brian Jensen
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Unit