Dog high on meth, heroin found as part of California drug arrest

(KCAL/CNN) — 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 Tustin motel high on heroin and methamphetamines.

His owner, 40-year-old Joshua West, was in the motel room with his dog when police found used needles and drugs. They arrested West for an outstanding warrant, a parole violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin and meth.

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

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.

The dog 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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