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Owner of puppy who overdosed on heroin has 10 days to pay fee

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DAYTON, Ohio (WRGT) -- The owner of a puppy exposed to heroin failed to show at a court hearing today.

The judge hearing the case ruled Dec. 27, 2016, that the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center had probable cause to seize the pit bull named Diesel in the first place on Nov. 25, 2016.

ARC said Diesel had been taken to Med Vet Dayton after an "accidental heroin ingestion." Diesel was reportedly revived with a dose of naloxone, which is commonly used when people overdose on heroin.

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David Bendig and Melissa Myers, the dog's owners, gave Diesel to ARC at the time of the heroin ingestion and they were then charged with cruelty to animals.

Myers surrendered her property rights to Diesel; however, Bendig did not. He must pay a $1,145 holding fee and, after that, await the results of the criminal case to see whether Diesel will be returned to him.

Mark Kumpf with ARC said they plan to adopt out Diesel, but he won't be available locally to ensure the dog doesn't return to a similar situation. They are not taking calls about Diesel.

Earlier, Bendig entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment hearing. He was released on his own recognizance. Myers did not show for her initial court hearing. The judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Bond for her was set at $7,500.

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