Drug Sniffing Dog Has A Busy Week

By Maureen Mespell

Drug Sniffing Dog Has A Busy Week

April 29, 2011 Updated May 6, 2011 at 4:08 PM EDT

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A traffic stop in St. Joseph County by Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Mick Dockery and his K-9 partner Hondo started out as nothing more than routine on Wednesday, April 27.

That was until Hondo sniffed out crack cocaine inside the car they had stopped. This drug find was only one of many that Dockery and Hondo have made over the last 4 years. However, this was the start of 24 hours that Dockery will not soon forget.

Trooper Dockery explained that Hondo made a positive alert for the presence of drugs in the car that he stopped. Dockery said that Hondo then alerted on an area around the front passenger seat and began digging and rooting his nose under the seat. Dockery immediately pulled Hondo away from the seat only to discover what appeared to be crack cocaine on the floor board and Hondo appearing like he had just swallowed part of it. Dockery said that he was unable to tell if Hondo had in fact swallowed the cocaine but fearing the worst retrieved his K-9 first aid kit and gave Hondo hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Dockery then rushed Hondo to the South Bend Animal Clinic where he was treated and then transferred to the Animal Emergency Clinic in Mishawaka. Hondo remained at the Mishawaka clinic overnight where he was treated for a rapid heartbeat and a fever before being released Thursday morning. This case remains under investigation by the ISP Drug Enforcement Section.

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