A 57-year-old man was charged with intentionally giving cocaine to a dog, a misdemeanor, after a veterinarian detected cocaine in the miniature pinscher's system. According to PostCrescent.com, officers responded to a call of an intoxicated man acting unruly at an animal hospital.
The man went to the animal hospital to get treatment for his sick dog, and was arrested on suspicion of traffic violations, including having open intoxicants in the vehicle. He was later released into his daughter's care.
The veterinarian told officers that the dog showed signs of being under the influence of stimulants, having a rapid heartbeat, slight fever, and was extremely hyper, running back and forth. The vet asked to run a drug test, which came back positive for cocaine. He said, "I wasn't surprised. The owner was intoxicated when he came in and he looked like he could have a problem with drug abuse, so that sort of raised a flag." The vet has been treating animals for more than 30 years, but this is the first time he has seen a dog with cocaine in its system. The dog's condition improved within two hours, after it was treated with sedatives and flushing out the system.
The dog's owner's cocaine problem has worsened since the death of his wife, and he admitted to using cocaine the previous day, but denied giving it to the dog. Officers found cocaine, marijuana, and paraphernalia at the man's home. He was released from jail in thee hours, after posting a $600 bond.
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