Bubba the dog was found by police during a drug raid just a few months ago at a hotel in Tustin, California, under the influence of heroin and methamphetamine, which was confirmed by tests after the puppy was observed with an unsteady stance and neurological issues.
Lt. Brian Frick was the first responder called on to the scene.
“I walked in and saw all these drugs on the ground,” the supervising animal control officer told The Orange County Register. “I said ‘where’s the dog?’ and walked around the corner and saw him lying listless. He was so cold and lethargic; I thought it was just that he’d been taken from his mom too soon. I never suspected he may have gotten into drugs.”
Now the 7-month-old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix is drug-free and living with a new family.
Following his rescue and the arrest of Bubba’s former owner, Bubba was taken to Orange County Animal Care where he received treatment and lots of fluids, the Register reports. He improved, and for the first time last week his drug tests came back negative. He was subsequently put up for adoption.
“We just want a nice, warm home with a heart for animals,” shelter director and chief veterinarian, Jennifer Hawkins, told the Register.
Frick, who said he believed Bubba would be adopted quickly, visited the dog he rescued to wish him well. And, as it turns out, he was right. Bubba was adopted two hours later by a local couple who wished not to reveal their names.
“They were a really nice couple and told us Bubba would have a sister,” Katie Ingram, assistant director of Orange County Animal Care told the newspaper. “It made it more meaningful that they were able to help him out because of his rough start in life. We were happy they are home quite a bit. It’s what he deserves.”
Yes, it is.