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Horror as family Labrador swallows packet of cocaine

The Argus: Horror as family Labrador swallows packet of cocaine Horror as family Labrador swallows packet of cocaine

A family watched in horror as their pet dog convulsed after swallowing a packet of cocaine.

Max ate the class A drugs while walking with his owners in Hastings and within an hour of returning home the poor pooch began to fit and foam at the mouth in front of 15-year-old Stewart Vogel, mum Karen Janman and stepfather Ian.

The nine-month-old golden Labrador retriever was rushed to the vets, where it was confirmed a wrap of the drug had burst inside his stomach.

Mrs Janman, 49, said Max was “acting weird and agitated” when he returned home and did not recognise the family.

She said: “He’d been for a walk up Emmanuel Road up to the West Hill.

“I had a feeling he had swallowed something but I couldn’t imagine what.

“I was petrified when he started fitting. I didn’t know what to do.

“Stewart is mildly autistic and we got Max for him as |he struggles to mix with people, so he was very upset when he saw what was going on.

“We rushed Max to the vet who sedated him and tried to bring his temperature down by hosing him with cold water.

“It turned out he ingested a wrap of cocaine that someone had dropped in the street.

“We didn’t know if he would make it.”

Max was heavily anaesthetised to counteract the effects of the cocaine and was taken for an overnight stay at the Greenleaves |Veterinary Centre in Bexhill.

Paul Cooper, the vet who initially treated him, said Max must have had “just enough anaesthetic to sedate an elephant” and he had “never seen a dog have that much and live”.

Mrs Janman said: “I feel disgusted at what’s happened.

“What if it was a child or a toddler that picked up the cocaine? You know what kids are like.

“It’s shocking.

“It’s taken Max a few days to recover but he’s back to his lively self now.

“We got him when he was just two months old so he is like family to us.”

Inspector Chris Veale, of Sussex Police, said: “We will not tolerate the use or dealing of illegal drugs in Hastings.

“I’m glad that the dog in this case is recovering but it highlights the problems that drugs can cause in the community.

“Drugs are not a harmless diversion used by people in their own homes.

“They cause misery to communities through antisocial behaviour and |crime and we will not accept them.

“If you have any information about drugs in Hastings please contact us and we will investigate.”

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7:05am Sat 26 Apr 14

rogerthefish says...

Well it is Hastings, maybe a name change to Charlie!
Well it is Hastings, maybe a name change to Charlie! rogerthefish
  • Score: 0

7:50am Sat 26 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

And to think a certain mp wants drugs laws abolished!!
And to think a certain mp wants drugs laws abolished!! NickBrt
  • Score: 14

7:54am Sat 26 Apr 14

Juleyanne says...

How awful for the poor dog and it's owners. Hopefully, Max will recover from his ordeal and the lowlife who dropped this will eventually get caught jailed and be forced to pay the vet bill.
How awful for the poor dog and it's owners. Hopefully, Max will recover from his ordeal and the lowlife who dropped this will eventually get caught jailed and be forced to pay the vet bill. Juleyanne
  • Score: 31

9:12am Sat 26 Apr 14

mark by the sea says...

Is he now a sniffer dog?
As for the police not tolerating drugs in Hastings ? The officer obviously does not live there! Drugs are not only everywhere, but needed in that dump!
Is he now a sniffer dog? As for the police not tolerating drugs in Hastings ? The officer obviously does not live there! Drugs are not only everywhere, but needed in that dump! mark by the sea
  • Score: -9

10:33am Sat 26 Apr 14

hey mongo says...

I feel sorry for the person who dropped there sniff...bet they were horrified when they had a couple of pints and went to rack up in the toilet to find there yarbo had gone...
I feel sorry for the person who dropped there sniff...bet they were horrified when they had a couple of pints and went to rack up in the toilet to find there yarbo had gone... hey mongo
  • Score: -6

11:54am Sat 26 Apr 14

Terry K says...

Another good reason for muzzling all dogs when in public!
Another good reason for muzzling all dogs when in public! Terry K
  • Score: -15

11:57am Sat 26 Apr 14

Music Lover says...

lets hope the family aren't into drum n bass because the dog will be now!
lets hope the family aren't into drum n bass because the dog will be now! Music Lover
  • Score: 1

4:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

Stupid mutt
Stupid mutt FatherTed11
  • Score: -17

4:25pm Sat 26 Apr 14

KarenT says...

I didn't think they could afford cocaine in Hastings.
I didn't think they could afford cocaine in Hastings. KarenT
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Sat 26 Apr 14

wippasnapper says...

at least the owners of the dog want be getting a hi on drugs
at least the owners of the dog want be getting a hi on drugs wippasnapper
  • Score: -6

6:09pm Sat 26 Apr 14

-BHAFC- says...

Pure speculation but seems unlikely to me that a dog found a wrap of coke on a normal walk and then ate it... More likely from somewhere in the home...

Gotta tell the vet something, right?
Pure speculation but seems unlikely to me that a dog found a wrap of coke on a normal walk and then ate it... More likely from somewhere in the home... Gotta tell the vet something, right? -BHAFC-
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Sat 26 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Terry K wrote:
Another good reason for muzzling all dogs when in public!
No a good reason to hang the lowlifes that trade in drugs
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: Another good reason for muzzling all dogs when in public![/p][/quote]No a good reason to hang the lowlifes that trade in drugs getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Sat 26 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Some of the comments on here are beyond belief. Makes me ashamed of people. What is wrong with you lot? A dog nearly died, a child nearly lost it's beloved pet.

If you can't say something nice, shut up.
Some of the comments on here are beyond belief. Makes me ashamed of people. What is wrong with you lot? A dog nearly died, a child nearly lost it's beloved pet. If you can't say something nice, shut up. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 12

7:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

FatherTed11 says...

-BHAFC- wrote:
Pure speculation but seems unlikely to me that a dog found a wrap of coke on a normal walk and then ate it... More likely from somewhere in the home...

Gotta tell the vet something, right?
Absolutely. Looks like they wanted to make some money from the publicity to fund the replacement of the drugs as well. Awful people.
[quote][p][bold]-BHAFC-[/bold] wrote: Pure speculation but seems unlikely to me that a dog found a wrap of coke on a normal walk and then ate it... More likely from somewhere in the home... Gotta tell the vet something, right?[/p][/quote]Absolutely. Looks like they wanted to make some money from the publicity to fund the replacement of the drugs as well. Awful people. FatherTed11
  • Score: -3

1:55am Sun 27 Apr 14

Cory and Trevor says...

Bang Lassie
Bang Lassie Cory and Trevor
  • Score: -2

9:20am Sun 27 Apr 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

NickBrt says...

And to think a certain mp wants drugs laws abolished!!

The fact that so many drugs are available does kind of make you wonder if the drug laws are working.
NickBrt says... And to think a certain mp wants drugs laws abolished!! The fact that so many drugs are available does kind of make you wonder if the drug laws are working. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 2

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