Charlie's owner says a daycare worker saved her dog's life

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 16, 2016 05:18 PM

It’s a phone call one Colorado dog owner will never forget.

A woman identified only as Laura by ABC’s Denver 7, who reported the story, was told by her doggy daycare that her golden retriever had ingested heroin that was thrown into a play area by a police suspect on the run.

It happen on Tuesday at the Bark and Play in Denver when a suspected drug dealer allegedly threw 17 bags of heroin over a fence while running from police.

Police told Denver 7 that officers saw the suspect dealing drugs, which lead to a chase. One officer saw the man — who is now in custody but has not been named— throw something over the fence of the daycare. The suspect is facing possible drug charges.

“She’s high on heroin,” the daycare told Laura in a phone call she received at work. “We’re treating her but you need to come as soon as you can.”

In the video, Laura’s dog Charlie can be seen eating a full bag of heroin, Denver 7 said. “You can see her chewing on it as she walks away,” Bark and Play owner Garrett Bishop told the station.

Moments later an employee is seen picking things up from the ground. “All in all, 17 baggies were found in our playroom, not including the five that the guy tried to swallow,” Bishop said.

Laura is thankful the daycare workers acted so fast. “The employee saved her life,” she said. “I could have lost my dog yesterday because some stupid idiot decided to sell drugs, run from the police and throw them.”

Police are working with the Victim Assistance Unit to assist Laura in paying for her vet bill, which is more than $500.