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CARROLLTON (1080 KRLD) – A local dog has a new leash on life after the Carrollton police rescue him from a drug overdose!

According to Carrollton police, officers found the puppy suffering from a heroin overdose Saturday when they were responding to a theft call.

Police say the pup was left in the floorboard of a truck in the Home Depot parking lot while its humans were busy inside switching price tags. The suspects had left an undetermined amount of heroin in the vehicle with the animal, which it got into…and ate.

“We weren’t sure exactly what was going on with it, but there was drug paraphernalia,” said Carrollton Police spokeswoman Jolene DeVito. “Eventually we did find drugs in the car and made sure the puppy got medical attention right away. Sure enough, he was basically suffering from a heroin overdose.”

The dog was taken to the North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic for treatment.

heroin puppy (Carrollton Animal Services)

heroin puppy (Carrollton Animal Services)

“He somehow ingested the heroin and was near death,” said DeVito.

Thomas Romero, 46, and Nina Crawford, 38, were arrested for heroin possession and for fraudulent destruction, removal, or concealment of writing. DeVito says animal abuse charges will likely be added.

According to police, the puppy is on the way to a full recovery from the opiate overdose and will be returned to the care of City of Carrollton Animal Services once he is better. As long as all goes well, he will likely be available for adoption.

Carrollton Police spokeswoman Jolene DeVito spoke with 1080 KRLD (listen below).

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