Motorist accused of hiding drug by feeding it to puppy
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Officers who stopped a car at a DUI checkpoint around 2 a.m. yesterday arrested its driver for attempting to hide crack cocaine by feeding it to a puppy.
"There were 20 officers working that checkpoint, and they were all upset and highly agitated that someone would do this. It was just a small little puppy," said Lt. Scott Schubert of the Pittsburgh Police, who was at the scene.
The name of the driver, who was charged with cruelty to animals and DUI, has not been released. Trooper Tom Stacy of the State Police in Pittsburgh made the arrest. Staff at the 24-hour veterinary hospital, to which officers rushed the puppy, named her Stacy, in his honor.
The 2-month-old tan and white female boxer is going to be fine, said Dr. Kenton Rexford, owner of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Shaler.
"She didn't have any symptoms of being intoxicated. Other than that, she's a little bit thin and has some fleas," he said. He's awaiting word from humane officers on what to do with her.
The veterinarian and Lt. Schubert attributed her good health to the fact that she had vomited in the car, which was stopped inbound on Bigelow Boulevard, near Frank Curto Park.
"Suspected drug packaging" was in the vomit, Lt. Schubert said.
"The dog seemed weak. Some officers were concerned that she might die. In my career, I've never seen anything like this. I've seem people try to swallow drugs themselves, to throw them out the window or crush them. But to give them to a 2-month-old puppy ... ." He stopped, at a loss for words.
It was a busy night at the checkpoint, with 750 cars contacted, 14 drivers arrested for DUI and many others cited or arrested on various violations.
First Published September 17, 2006 12:00 am