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Retired Georgia drug dog found dead

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The Athens Banner Herald reported Monday the death of a popular retired K9 officer in Barrow County, Ga.

The K9, named Ranger, was found dead on the side of the road after being struck by a vehicle this weekend. According to his owner, Ranger had been let out into a fenced yard on Friday. He managed to escape from his fenced area, and was found on the roadside on Saturday on Georgia Highway 211. Ranger was rushed to a veterinarian's office, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The Labrador Retriever, who retired eight months ago, had served Barrow County as a drug detection dog since 2004. During his years of service, Ranger was credited with an impressive amount of drug seizures that included 15.5 pounds of cocaine and 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine, worth over $300,000.

The article quoted a Barrow County Sheriff's Department spokesman, who said:

“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 was a popular figure in the community, and often visited school and community events.

Funeral services will held for Ranger on March 11, at 1 pm at Oak Rest Pet Gardens in Bethlehem, Ga.