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LMPD K-9 injured during fentanyl heroin drug raid; Narcan administered

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Police Department K-9 was injured when investigators say it came into contact with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic. 

Police say they had to administer three doses of Narcan to revive the female dog.

According to an arrest report, investigators executed a search warrant in the 2500 block of Millers Lane, near Dixie Highway, around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10. That's where police say they found several bags of heroin packaged for sale, along with digital scales, baggies and a substance to cut the heroin.

During the search police say, "K-9 Josie was exposed to suspected fentanyl heroin and detectives had to administer three doses of Narcan."

Police arrested three people: 72-year-old James Forney, 34-year-old Ricky Forney, and 30-year-old Angela Hughes. James Forney and Hughes are both charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, assault on a service animal, and possession of paraphernalia. Their bond was set at $10,000 cash. 

Ricky Forney is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. His bond was set at $2,500. 

As of noon on Friday, Josie the K-9 was still at the hospital recovering. Officer Vadim Dale, spokesman for LMPD, released the following statement:

"Dear Media Friends, thank you very much for all your calls and emails regarding LMPD K9 Josie. During the course of a warrant search on a home yesterday evening K-9 Josie was exposed to Heroin that was not packaged and laying loose within the location.  Josie was immediately rushed to Hospital and the appropriate actions were taken in order to stabilize her. At this time she is still at the Hospital and recovering. We expect for her to be released within the next few days should there be no other complications. As soon as we get updates on her condition we will be sure to let you all know.

This is an example of the dangers that officers face on a daily basis and of course Josie is considered an officer of the Louisville Metro Police Department. We will keep everyone updated on her progress and we really do appreciate the overwhelming concern shown by many for her condition." 

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