A Texas police officer and staff at a veterinary clinic are being heralded as heroes after they rescued a puppy suffering a heroin overdose.
An officer with the Carrollton Police Department spotted the puppy, a Chihuahua mix, alone in a locked truck in the parking lot of a Home Depot. Police rushed the dog, which was “in bad shape,” to the North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic where doctors treated the overdose with a blend of medication, helping the four month old puppy recover within 24 hours, reports Chron.
Rescuers appropriately named the pup Lucky after surviving the ordeal. Doctors at the pet clinic said they regularly treat animals for drug toxicity, but said Lucky “was pretty close to checking out.”
“He was extraordinarily lethargic, almost comatose,” Dr. Stacie Fowler, an emergency veterinarian at the clinic, told CBS. “If he had not received treatment, he would have stopped breathing.”
Police arrested the former owners of Lucky, Thomas Romero, 46, and Nina Crawford, 38, on charges of heroin possession and fraudulent destruction, removal, or concealment of writing. The couple were inside the Home Depot switching price tags on products when the officer found Lucky overdosing in the truck.
Authorities may also file animal abuse charges against Romero and Crawford.
Officials say Lucky is making a full recovery and is in good spirits following the incident. He is currently being cared for at Carrollton Animal Services, where workers hope to find him a happy permanent home.
“He is adorable,” Fowler told Chron. “He is a tiny little thing, probably only 4 months old and loves to give kisses and is wiggly and wags and is very, very sweet.”
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