- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2015

A Georgia man has been charged with cruelty to animals after his dog tested positive for methamphetamine during a recent visit to the vet.

Officials said Thursday that they arrested 47-year-old Marty Allen Rogers of Jackson County, Georgia, and have taken possession of his terrier-mix dog, named Little Guy.

Mr. Rogers brought Little Guy into an animal clinic in Hoschton on Aug. 17, because the dog had fallen ill, investigators said.

“It was sick and he took it to see if they could tell him what was wrong with it,” Jackson County sheriff’s Capt. Rich Lott told reporters.

Kevin Chapman, a vet at the hospital, described Little Guy as “extremely nervous” and told authorities that the dog had been constantly panting and pacing while in the clinic. He subsequently tested Little Guy’s urine for drugs and found meth in the dog’s system.

Capt. Lott told reporters on Thursday that deputies worked with Jackson County Animal Control in order to file animal cruelty charges against Little Guy’s owner.

When they finally served the arrest warrant, police found meth inside of Mr. Roger’s home along with a motorcycle that authorities say was reported stolen in South Carolina. He’s now facing additional counts for possession of meth and theft by receiving stolen property, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Animal Control officer John Deltoro told the Banner-Herald on Thursday that Little Guy “is doing great and is ready to be transferred and adopted into a new home.” He also said that a sample from the dog is being sent to an expert to verify that the dog had in fact ingested meth.

Methamphetamine poisoning can be fatal for dogs. A Tacoma, Washington, police canine died earlier this year after ingesting meth during a drug bust.

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