FONTANA (AP) — Police have arrested a 21-year-old Southern California man on animal cruelty charges after his pet chihuahua tested positive for the drug methamphetamine.
The owner, Isaiah Nathaniel Sais of Fontana, is being held at the West Valley Detention Center.
Veterinarians say the Chihuahua was suffering from convulsions and seizures when Sais brought him to the emergency center on July 5. Officials say that when the dog tested positive, Sais left the building with it, declining the veterinarian’s request to treat it. Fontana Animal Services went to Sais’ house shortly after this and seized the animal, which was still suffering and showing other signs of neglect.
The chihuahua, named Jack Sparrow, is currently recovering at an animal hospital.
Sais has an unlisted phone number and it is unclear whether he has an attorney.