There are a lot of people in our society that use all kinds of drugs. Some of them own pets, and naturally, pets are going to get into their stashes, if left out in the open, unattended. Alicia Pet Care Center veterinarian Matthew Wheaton says he’s seen more and more pets coming into the animal hospital high on their owners’ weed or opiates. “They’ll go really really high, and then they’ll kind of have that crash. So there might have been a lot of neurologic stimulation going on with the dog that really was, at the end of the day, kind of short-circuiting things,” he said.
One of those pets was a terrier mix named Bubba. In March, Bubba was found in a Tustin, CA, motel room with his owner, Joshua West, high on meth and heroin. “I would say looking at his video today, his prognosis is excellent,” explained Wheaton. “I think that if he can avoid being exposed to additional drugs in the future with his new forever home, things are going to be perfectly fine. If the dog was truly ingesting these things in relatively large quantities, I think it would probably be more than just lethargic.”
West was arrested on drug possession and animal cruelty charges. While he is being charged, Bubba (who is currently running around and playing) will be put up for adoption. According to ABC, five rescue organizations have stepped up to car for the dog and 15 people have signed up to adopt him.
View video of Bubba’s ordeal below: