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BARROW COUNTY, Ga. -- Ranger, a retired narcotics canine with the Barrow County Sheriff's Office, has died after being hit by a car.

The black Labrador Retriever was found on the side of Highway 211 Saturday morning after getting out of his handler's fenced-in yard Friday night. He was 11 years old.

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During his years with the sheriff's office, Ranger helped officers seize about $300,000 worth of drug-related funds, 15.5 pounds of cocaine, 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine and a number of vehicles. He retired eight months ago.

Ranger also visited local schools and attended community events, and was beloved by the countless Barrow County residents and children he encountered. The sheriff's office said he will be greatly missed by the handlers who had him as a partner.

Ranger will be laid to rest Tuesday, Mar. 11, and will be buried at Oak Rest Pet Garden in Bethlehem.

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