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Puppy recovers from addiction to meth and heroin

Bubba
Bubba, a terrier mix puppy, was picked up during a drug arrest and tested positive for heroin, among other drugs.
(Tustin Police Department)

A puppy that was high on drugs when police busted his owner has recovered from addiction and is on the mend, authorities said.

Bubba, a terrier mix, was showing signs of being under the influence when officers in March arrested his owner, who was in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs, according to the Tustin Police Department.

“Bubba was found to have heroin, methamphetamine and nicotine in his system due to living with his drug-using owners,” the Police Department wrote in a Facebook post earlier this month. Officers picked the puppy up and took him to Orange County Animal Care.

“Based on Bubba’s toxicology results, additional charges of animal cruelty will be filed against his former owners,” according to the Facebook post. It is unclear how Bubba ingested the drugs.

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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 )

Bubba’s story was picked up by CBS-Los Angeles and other news organizations over the weekend, and public outrage and support for Bubba has flooded social media.

Bubba’s owner, Joshua West, 40, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, a parole violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin and methamphetamine, according to CBS-LA. 

Earlier this month, police reported that Bubba had been treated for his drug addiction and is looking much better.

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Once Bubba has fully recovered, he will be placed with a rescue organization with hopes of finding a loving home, police said.

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