TUSTIN (CBSLA.com) — A man has been arrested in Tustin on animal cruelty among other charges for allegedly getting his dog high on drugs.
Tustin police said officers found Bubba at a motel room at Key Inn & Suites on El Camino Real around 9 a.m. on March 22.
Police said Bubba’s owner, Joshua West, 40, was with his dog in the room, where officers found used needles and drugs.
They arrested the parolee for an outstanding warrant, a parole violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin and methamphetamine.
“This strikes me as pretty horrible,” said Tustin police Lt. 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 later revealed that the canine had meth and heroin in his system. It remains unclear how Bubba ingested the drugs.
Bubba is now detoxing at OC Animal Care, which said once the dog recovers, the terrier mix will be up for adoption.