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Recently retired police narcotics dog is killed by car

On Monday, the Barrow County, Ga., Sheriff's Office announced the death of a narcotics dog who had retired from the department less than a year ago.

Rest in peace K9 Ranger
Contributed photo/Chad Norris

Ranger, an 11-year-old black Labrador retriever, escaped from his yard on the night of Feb. 28 after being let out to relieve himself; he somehow managed to escape from the fenced yard.

According to the Barrow County Sheriff's Office:

On March 1st, 2014 at approximately 1145 hours, Ranger, a retired narcotics canine with the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office, was located on the side of Highway 211 after he had been struck by a motor vehicle. The handler who located Ranger rushed him to the veterinarian and it was determined that Ranger was already deceased.

Ranger had served as a narcotics canine since April 2004 and he retired just eight months ago.

The Sheriff's Office noted some of Ranger's narcotic work accomplishments:

Approximately $300,000 worth of drug seized funds
15.5 pounds of cocaine hydrochloride seized
3.5 pounds of methamphetamine seized
Several vehicles seized
Multiple other seizures of illegal narcotics and paraphernalia

Ranger participated in community outreach programs and was a beloved member of the force, and community.

The Sheriff's Office stated:

Ranger was loved by all who came into contact with him and he loved being around people and children. Ranger will be missed by the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and mostly by the handlers that were lucky enough to be able to have him as a partner.

Ranger will be put to rest on Tuesday March 11th, 2014 at 1300 hours. He will be laid to rest with the other canines who have served their communities at Oak Rest Pet Gardens which is located at 2691 Harbins Road in Bethlehem Georgia.

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