UPDATE: London police dog injured in drug seizure goes home

BlackburnNews.com file photo of police K-9 unit. (Photo by Jason Viau)

The London Police Service dog who needed emergency medical treatment after it was seriously injured during an investigation has gone home with his handler.

Police announced that the dog was able to leave the veterinarian’s care after three days of treatment.

At around 9:40 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of two men in a taxi who were allegedly in possession of a firearm near Dufferin and Adelaide streets.

According to police, one of the men took off before officers arrived to stop the cab. The second man exited after the traffic stop and was arrested on scene.

A member of the LPS Canine Unit attended the scene to track second suspect. During the search, police say the dog came into contact with an illicit drug that caused the animal to suffer serious injuries, requiring immediate medical attention.

The first suspect was located a short time later near the area of York and Adelaide streets. No other injuries have been reported and the police service dog is still receiving care.

As a result, police seized over $10,000 in drugs including:

• 54.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, valued at $5,400
• 5.5 grams of suspected fentanyl, valued at $920
• Three grams of suspected cocaine, valued at $300
• 55 Hydromorphone pills, valued at $550
• 555 Dilaudid pills, valued at $2,775
• 43 Oxycodone pills, valued at $301
• A knife
• Pepper spray

The men, ages 61 and 38, both of London jointly face six charges of possession of a schedule one substance for the purpose of trafficking. The 61-year-old man faces additional charges of possession of an identity document and failing to comply with a release order.

Both were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.