El Cerrito police dog taken to vet after ingesting meth during search

El Cerrito police dog taken to vet after inhaling meth during search
An image from the KTVU (Ch.2) report featuring Koda, the police canine who survived a meth-inhaling incident.

An El Cerrito police canine named Koda has returned to full duty after ingesting methamphetamine during a bust last week, according to police and KTVU (Ch. 2).

The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after officers conducted a traffic stop on Carlson Boulevard near Shasta Avenue, police said.

After learning one of the occupants is a parolee, El Cerrito police summoned Koda, one of their two police canines, to search the vehicle.

During the search, the German Shepard located a small amount of what appeared to be drugs, and in the process ingested some of it. While police initially reported the pooch had possibly consumed cocaine, KTVU interviewed the dog’s handler, who said the drug was meth.

The pooch was transported to an emergency veterinary clinic, where he tested positive for the presence of the stimulant.

Koda, who is trained in handler protection, searches and drug detection, was treated and has fully recovered, police said.

During the bust, police arrested Mone’ Sellers, 29, of San Pablo.

“While every effort is made to ensure the safety of the canines, the discovery of suspected drugs can lead to this situation,” police said.