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London police dog injured by drug while tracking suspect

A police dog was seriously harmed after coming into contact with an illicit drug while tracking down a suspect, London police say.

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A police dog was seriously harmed after coming into contact with an illicit drug while tracking down a suspect, London police say.

Officers responded to Dufferin Avenue and Adelaide Street about 9:40 pm Thursday after receiving reports of two armed men in a taxi, police said Friday.

One man left the taxi on foot before officers arrived. The second suspect tried to flee when police stopped the vehicle on Dufferin Avenue, just west of Adelaide Street, but was arrested.

Officers then used a police dog to track down the first suspect. The dog came into contact with a drug and required emergency medical attention for life-threatening injuries, police said.

The dog continued to receive care as of Friday afternoon. The name of the injured dog wasn’t released.

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A man was later arrested on York Street, east of Adelaide.

During the two arrests, police seized 54.6 grams of methamphetamine, valued at $ 5,400; 5.5 grams of fentanyl, valued at $ 920; and three grams of cocaine, valued at $ 300, among other drugs. Officers also seized a knife and some pepper spray.

Two men, aged 61 and 38, are charged with six counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, police said.

The 61-year-old man is also charged with two additional counts of drug possession, possession of an identity document and two counts of failing to comply with a release order.

The 38-year-old man is also charged with possession an identity document, police said.

Both were scheduled to appear in court Friday, police said.

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