Puppy Treated for Drug Addiction Tested Positive for Heroin, Meth

'This strikes me as pretty horrible'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2016 4:35 PM CDT
Puppy Treated for Drug Addiction Tested Positive for Heroin, Meth
Bubba tested positive for heroin and meth after his owner was arrested on drug charges.   (Tustin Police Department)

A puppy who was found to be under the influence of meth and heroin had to undergo drug addiction treatment, CNN reports. California police served an arrest warrant on 40-year-old Joshua West at a motel in March. Inside the motel, they found drugs, used needles, and a terrier mix named Bubba. According to CBS Los Angeles, Bubba was lethargic and later tested positive for meth and heroin. “This strikes me as pretty horrible,” says Lt. Robert Wright with the Tustin Police Department, which went public about Bubba's plight this week. “This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence.”

Bubba was handed over to the Orange County Animal Care for treatment. According to a Tustin Police Department Facebook post, Bubba is doing "excellent" but is still undergoing medical care. When he's ready, he'll be given to a rescue organization and will hopefully find a new home. While it's unclear how Bubba got the drugs in his system, police are pushing for West to be charged with animal cruelty in addition to the illegal drug possession charges. (More dog stories.)

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