Owner is charged after officers find dog high on heroin, meth

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A dog is recovering after animal control officers discovered he was high on heroin and meth. Now the dog’s owner is facing a litany of charges.

Bubba the terrier mix was found in a motel. Bubba’s owner, 40-year-old Joshua West, was in the motel room with his dog, police said. Police said they found used needles and drugs.

They arrested West on an outstanding warrant, a parole violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin and meth.

“This strikes me as pretty horrible. This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence,” Lt. Robert Wright with the Tustin Police Department said.

Animal control officers called to the scene immediately noticed Bubba was lethargic. Tests revealed he had meth and heroin in his system.

It’s unclear if he ingested the drugs or breathed in second-hand smoke.

Bubba is now detoxing at an Orange County animal clinic. Once he recovers, officials say he will be put up for adoption.



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