A Tustin man originally arrested for an outstanding warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia has now been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly “getting his dog high on meth [and] heroin.”
Forty-year-old Justin Smith was originally arrested at Key Inn & Suites on March 22, at which time police noticed Smith’s dog was “lethargic.” Tests revealed that the dog “had meth and heroin in his system.”
CBS Los Angeles reports that it remains unclear whether the dog actually “ingested the drugs” or simply “breathed in second hand smoke.” Either way, the dog is a terrier mix and is currently “at OC Animal Care,” where he will be put up for adoption after recovery.
Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright said: “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.”
The Tustin Police Department released the following statement:
In March officers arrested two subjects out of a local motel who were in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. During the investigation officers took custody of Bubba, a terrier mix puppy, who was showing signs of being under the influence of drugs. Bubba was released to Orange County Animal Care and treated for his condition. Bubba was found to have heroin, methamphetamine and nicotine in his system due to living with his drug using owners. We are happy to report Bubba has been treated for his drug addiction and is doing excellent. Based on Bubba’s toxicology results, additional charges of animal cruelty will be filed against his former owners. Bubba is still receiving medical care and once he is fully recovered, he will be placed with a rescue organization who can find him a forever home that can provide the proper care he will need in the future.
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