A 21-year-old dog owner in Fontana was arrested after his pet tested positive for ingestion of methamphetamine, police said Monday.
The dog, a Chihuahua named Jack Sparrow, was initially brought in to the Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Upland on Tuesday, July 5, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department.
His owner said the dog was exhibiting erratic behavior and may have ingested methamphetamine, the release said. The center’s staff saw the dog having convulsions and seizures, according to police.
Once the owner, identified as Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, was told a test was for the drug was positive, he took Jack Sparrow and left the veterinary center, according to police.
Veterinarians felt the dog’s life was in danger and called city animal service officers, who went to the owner’s home in the 10400 block of Hemlock Avenue in Fontana.
“At the residence, animal service officers observed Jack still suffering from the effects of the drug and other signs of general neglect, seized him from the owner,” the news release said.
The dog was taken back to the Upland center, where he is still being treated. He is very sensitive to noise and sudden movement but is expected to recover. Once he’s well, he’ll be put in a foster home.
The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office’s Animal Cruelty Task Force sought and received an arrest warrant for Sais, who was taken into custody by Fontana police in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.
Sais was booked into the West Valley Detention Centeron suspicion of felony animal cruelty, police said.
He was due in court Monday and was being held on $50,000 bail, inmate records indicate.
In March, a puppy that was seized during a drug bust in Tustin tested positive for meth and heroin, police said. The little dog, Bubba, was placed into the care of the Orange County Animal Authority and was recovering, Tustin police said in May.