A tiny dog that was addicted to the drug methamphetamine - also known as 'Ice' - has gone clean after being taken into the loving care of a rescue organisation in the US.
Bubba, a cute little Jack Russell-Chihuahua cross, was found out of it on the drug when police raided his former owner's motel room in Tustin, California. Exposed to the unsavoury habits of the humans around him, he was found huddled amongst discarded drug paraphernalia in the filthy and squalid room.
'I walked in and saw all these drugs on the ground,' animal control officer Brian Frick told The OC Register. 'He was so cold and lethargic, I thought it was just that he’d been taken from his mom too soon. I never suspected he may have gotten into drugs.'
But sweet little Bubba's found a much better life since his owner was busted on an outstanding warrant and suspicion of drug possession. Animal rescue staff did tests on him after his unusual behaviour and unsteady stance raised alarm bells - and it was found he was affected by drugs. After four months of careful treatment and lots of TLC, he's now as good as new - with his tests coming back clear for the first time.
'He's been tested regularly and so far everything's come back positive,' Katie Ingram, assistant director of OC Animal Care told CBS News. 'Last week, we had the first negative test for him. Cleared out of his system.'
He's now been placed with an adoptive family.
'They were a really nice couple and told us that Bubba would have a sister' Katie told the Evening Standard. 'Bubba bonded with them immediately. It made it more meaningful that they were able to help him out because of his rough start in life.'