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Officers find puppy high on meth, heroin; check him into rehab

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A Southern California man is in jail after animal control officers found his dog high on heroin and meth.

Fox 19 reported that police found Joshua West, 40, in his motel room with his terrier mix puppy, Bubba, in March. Tests revealed Bubba also had nicotine in his system “due to living with his drug using owners,” according to a statement from the Tustin Police Department.

“This strikes me as pretty horrible,” Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright told CBS Los Angeles. “This is the first time we’ve ever heard of someone reporting that an animal has been under the influence.”

West was arrested for an outstanding warrant and charged with parole violation and possession of drug paraphernalia, Fox 19 reported.

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Bubba has since been treated for drug addiction and is “doing excellent,” according to the Tustin Police Department.

“Based on Bubba's toxicology results, additional charges of animal cruelty will be filed against his former owners,” the police department statement reads. “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.”