As police officers arrived to investigate a potential theft, they had no idea what they would discover. In the back of the suspects’ truck, they found a sick little puppy. And he was so ill that they feared he’d taken a potentially deadly drug overdose.
In February 2016, officers from the Carrollton Texas Police Department attended an incident in a Home Depot store. Someone had called them to alert them to a possible theft. It appeared a duo had been switching price tags on the items for sale.
When cops arrived on the scene, they detained the suspects. Subsequently, they arrested the pair. But as they did so, the couple told police officers that they’d left something in their truck. It was a tiny little puppy.
So the cops searched their vehicle. And then, in the back of the pick-up, they found a three-month-old dog. However, the young pup was certainly not in a good way. In fact, he looked like he was close to death.
“He was extremely lethargic — almost comatose — and was basically limp,” Jolene DeVito, a spokesperson from Carrollton Police Department, would subsequently tell animal news site The Dodo in March 2017. Then the cops found what they suspected might be the cause of the dog’s condition. They came across what they believed to be a bag of heroin.
That’s when the cops reached out to Carrollton Animal Services. When a rescue team arrived, they rushed the dog to a nearby veterinary clinic. He would need urgent treatment for a suspected heroin overdose.
“His heart rate was very, very slow, his body temperature was really low,” veterinarian Stacy Fowler told Texas news channel KHOU in March 2017. “He was really on the verge of not breathing. If he’d not received treatment, he would’ve stopped breathing.”
Rescuers decided to name the puppy Lucky, which was apt, because he would need all the good fortune he could get. Tests confirmed that the dog was suffering from opioid exposure rather than a heroin overdose. But thankfully, his veterinary team had come across cases like his before.
“We administered a dose of a medication called Narcan that is a reversal for opioid overdose,” Fowler said. “He responded very positively with improved mentation and improved breathing and heart rate.”
From there, the dog’s recovery was astonishingly quick. “After about 24 hours, Lucky had returned to normal,” Fowler revealed in her interview with The Dodo. “He had a few fleas but otherwise seemed healthy.”
Before long, vets discharged Lucky from their care. He was then returned to Carrollton Animal Services, where staff would work hard to find him the perfect forever home. But for now, the team were just happy to see Lucky come out of his shell.
Before their eyes, Lucky transformed into the most cheerful dog. He always wanted to play and would say hello to everyone he met with a wag of his tail. Consequently, it was easy to forget how tough his beginnings had been.
Meanwhile, Lucky’s former owners, Nina Crawford and Thomas Romero, were charged with drug possession as well as fraud. And according to CBS, they still could be hit with animal abuse charges.
Regardless, the dog was putting his past behind him. “Lucky is a typical Chihuahua puppy,” Angela Shaw from Carrollton Animal Services told The Dodo. “A little dog who thinks he is the size of a German shepherd. He is happy to meet new people and nip their noses.”
And the staff at Carrollton Animal Services weren’t the only ones keeping an eye on Lucky’s progress. The pup’s story was widely shared on social media and by local news outlets. As a result, hundreds of people enquired about adopting the dog.
Consequently, the shelter decided the fairest way to choose Lucky’s family was by holding a lottery. At the event, potential owners got the opportunity to bond with the dog. Then the shelter picked the one lucky person who would be taking the puppy home.
Among those at the event was a little girl. The seven-year-old, named Lacy, had come along to the lottery with her grandfather John Lepsch. She and Lucky seemed to hit it off right away. Indeed, Lacy’s face lit up whenever she was around the dog.
In fact, Lacy and Lucky’s connection was so strong that it didn’t go unnoticed by other attendees at the lottery. So when one man’s ticket was chosen as the winner, he did the honorable thing and made sure the little girl would get Lucky.
“There was a gentleman who actually won the lottery drawing but didn’t want to take the puppy from the little girl,” Shaw revealed to The Dodo. “So he quietly gave the ticket back and slipped out the door. She was very excited about her new puppy.”
It seems that some things do just work out for the best. And it looks like Lacy and Lucky were fated to be life-long friends. Now the twosome will be able to grow up by one another’s side. And it seems that Lucky won’t have to count on his luck ever again.