Pet owner arrested after dog tests positive for meth, heroin

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KDLT) — A terrier named Bubba is making national headlines after his owner was arrested on drug charges in California and the dog tested positive for meth and heroin. But is Bubba’s situation unique?

Veterinarians say they’re seeing more cases of animal overdoses.

“They’re limp. They don’t move. You can see them breathing and stuff normal and their eyes are open, they’re kind of able to look around but they can’t do anything else,” says All Animal Pet Hospital Veterinarian Dr. Dayton Williams.

Dr. Williams, who has been a vet for about 30 years, says he’s never seen a case like Bubba’s, where an animal has tested positive for meth or heroin, but he has treated several for marijuana.

“It’s not any fun to see that because it’s really difficult on them and can cause really severe problems,” he says.

Williams says just last fall, the same owner brought in a cat and dog 24 hours apart. At first, he thought the cat got into something outside when it tested positive for marijuana. However, the dog had an even higher toxicity in its system.

Williams says he’s required to report the incident to authorities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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