Puppy Who Tested Positive for Meth, Heroin After Tustin Drug Bust Up for Adoption

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A 7-month old puppy who tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin after being seized during a drug bust in Tustin was put up for adoption Wednesday.

Bubba Tustin Meth Dog Adopted
Bubba was put up for adoption on July 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Bubba, a Jack Russell-Chihuahua mix, was found in a motel room on March 22 after Tustin police served an arrest warrant for Joshua West.

A large quantity of drugs and paraphernalia were found in the room along with used needles.

Bubba tested positive for both drugs and nicotine and has been under Orange County Animal Care in Orange care since.

“He’s only about 8 pounds. That’s pretty heavy duty exposure for a dog of his size,” said Katie Ingram, assistant director of Orange County Animal Care.

The puppy has had “a pretty rough start at life,” she added.

Bubba the puppy is seen in a photo released by the Tustin Police Department.
Bubba the puppy is seen in a photo released by the Tustin Police Department.

“He definitely acted like a dog that had been exposed to something. He was pretty distracted and his demeanor was a little off,” Ingram said.

“This was a concerning case for us.

In May,  Bubba was reunited with Tustin Officer Laurich who initially took the dog into custody.

But Bubba has made a full recovery and Ingram believes that who ever adopts him won’t have any issues with him.

He was upbeat and playing with shelter employees on Wednesday morning.

“He’ll be a great pet,” Ingram said.

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