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Puppy that recovered from heroin and meth is now up for adoption

Bubba adoption
Bubba, a dog who recently recovered from heroin and methamphetamine in his system, was adopted Wednesday, after less than a day of waiting.
(Orange County Animal Care)

Just hours after being put up for adoption, a 7-month old puppy who recovered from heroin and methamphetamine in his system has found a new home. 

Bubba, who went up for adoption Wednesday morning, has been adopted by a family who followed the puppy’s saga, said Katie Ingram, assistant director at Orange County Animal Care. 

The dog’s road to recovery began when police in March arrested his owner, who was in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs, police said. 

During the investigation, officers took custody of the puppy — who showed signs of being under the influence of drugs. He was released to Orange County Animal Care and treated, police said. 

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Since then, the puppy has received regular urine drug testing, Ingram said. Results kept coming back positive each month for methamphetamine until last week, she said. 

“We didn’t expect it to take so long for him to have a negative result,” Ingram said. “I would say it was a day of celebration last week when that test came back negative and we knew we could put him up for adoption.”

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In response to an outpouring of support for Bubba on Facebook, the Tustin Police Department posted a recent photo of Bubba, saying that “he looks much better.”
In response to an outpouring of support for Bubba on Facebook, the Tustin Police Department posted a recent photo of Bubba, saying that "he looks much better."
(Tustin Police Department )

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The family that adopted the Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix had called to see if Bubba was still available for adoption, Ingram said. 

“They rushed over and visited with him and ultimately adopted him,” Ingram said. 

The family lives in Orange, and Bubba will have a German Shepherd sister in his new home. One of the new owners of the puppy is a retired police sergeant, Ingram said. 

“It’s kind of unique that Bubba came in due to an arrest by a police department and is adopted by a retired police officer,” Ingram said. “I think that’s great.”

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UPDATES:

4:23 p.m.: This article was updated with details about Bubba’s adoption. 

This article was originally published at 10:20 a.m.


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