NEWS AND VIEWS: I always comment on the news rather than simply repeating it as I must. I have to contribute something to it. No point just regurgitating it. And this story from America, from my perspective, highlights a problem with drug taking that is a big issue in America and other countries. Drugs have become as easy to get hold of as an alcoholic drink it seems to me.
The Council on Foreign Relations tells us that since 2000 more than a million Americans have died of drug overdoses. Most from opioids with Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids featuring predominantly. Covid made things worse. CDC say that “the rate of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids in 2021 was nearly 22 times the rate in 2013.”
A Utah couple, Justin Dale Epperson, 45, and Emily Maureen Allred, 41, look likely to join those alarming statistics as they were found slumped over inside their car as their six-week-old Siamese kitten was duct-taped into a sandwich container, covered in feces and ultimately testing positive for meth and amphetamines.
The couple were allegedly found in possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl. They were covered in cat hair! The emergency services heard faint meowing from inside the car. The police found the kitten inside the container on the back seat while the couple were slumped over on the front seats.
The kitten was in a bad way as you might imagine. She was taken to Angel Paws Veterinary Services where she was ably treated and is making a recovery. She is doing well.
She also tested positive for meth and amphetamine, according to preliminary results.Angel Paws Veterinary Services
She has been weaned off oxygen as reported by Mail Online but still receiving fluids and pain medication.
The video shows Athena at Angel Paws recovering. It is from their FB page. They said that “It’s been a whirlwind week for us at Angel Paws!
Thank you all who’ve have reached out in support of our warrior Anthena!
Dr. Love has given Athena the ok to be discharged to a veterinary technician medical foster for rehabilitation and for the duration of the ongoing criminal investigation surrounding her injuries.”
She may suffer from emotional issues in the future. She suffered a head trauma and her right eye was injured which may leave her with loss of vision in that eye.
She is doing well. She has been named ‘Athena’ by Angel Paws. She will be rehomed in due course.
Epperson and Allred were arrested and released after being charged with the torture of a companion animal, possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
They are repeat offenders indicating addiction. Epperson said in on his Instagram page that ‘Everything I want to do is illegal.’
In Utah animal cruelty is a third-degree felony which on conviction can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years and/or a $5,000 fine.
Drug addicts should not have pets. Sorry. And I am sympathetic towards drug addicts. “There but for the Grace of God go I” as they say. And if the world was a better place perhaps there’d be fewer drug addicts. It is too hard for millions of people. But companion animals should never be made to suffer because of the indiscretions of drug addicts.
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