Animal control officers arrested a Southern California owner after his dog was found high on meth and heroine. A terrier mix puppy, Bubba, was found with his owner Joshua West, 40, in a motel room at Key Inn & Suites on El Camino Real in March.
Fox News reported that the puppy had nicotine content in his body. They found the dog sluggish.
“This strikes me as pretty horrible,” Lt. Robert Wright of Tustin Police Department.
“This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence,” he added.
The puppy was taken to Orange County Animal Care (OCAC) for detox process. In a urine test, the dog tested positive for drugs in his system.
Officers are still wondering whether the dog was deliberately drugged or sniffed in smoke and drugs. Bubba is undergoing medical treatment. After his detoxification, he will be put for adoption.
Officers also found used needles, heroin, meth, and other drug paraphernalia at West’s room. The owner has been charged with parole violation, animal cruelty and possession of drugs.
Detoxification of body from drugs is a difficult process, especially for animals. It can lead to mental depression and physical health anomalies for humans and animals both. Bubba can never understand what he felt and why was he living in the distressing state.
In a report by MinnPost, Dr. Marc Myer, director of the Health Care Professionals Program at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, Minn, said that the hardest part of the process is the mental withdrawal.
Emily Carter Roiphe, a writer and books critic, said; “You’re ill and you’re in pain, your joints ache. You lie down, and then you get up, but you can’t get comfortable. In the beginning, there’s a lot of nausea. But mainly the worst thing is the joint pain and restlessness combined with weakness and sleeplessness.”