We are currently dealing with several reports from people who have bought puppies which shortly afterwards fall seriously ill, or worse, die. All reports are taken in confidence and we do our utmost to support buyers in getting justice for their dogs. It is never easy and fighting through a system that’s seriously failing dogs and buyers is something we really need to see change. However many times we hear these kinds of cases – and it’s a lot – it never gets easier to bear the anger and sadness we feel for the puppies, their unknown mums and dads and the buyers who are dragged through a terrible situation.
Here’s Harley’s story, a puppy who had just a few hours with his new family before he died from parvo virus. Harley was bought for £550 from Jeremy Awdry of Bream, Lydney, Gloucestershire – he acts on behalf of Kelly Busby.
This is Harley’s story in his mum’s words:
I took the little brown pup home and he stuck to me like glue. He was very lethargic and wouldn’t eat which I put down to nerves. I made an appointment with the vets for him the next morning. During the night he had a bad bout of diarrhoea. In the morning he was no better but I wasn’t overly concerned as I had the vets appointment. Again he stuck to me like glue.
I took him to the vets. I got him out the car and he was super tired, so I wrapped him in a blanket and took him inside. The vets had an emergency on so I had to wait for half an hour (not their fault). He remained still in the blanket in my arms the whole time. The vet came forward to see him, as she did he decided to throw up (second time that day).
We took him through, she did some initial tests and suggested he stay in so she could take a stool sample. I was a little reluctant as I wanted to take him home but agreed for his sake. She called later saying he was no better and he was a very poorly pup. We’d get results from the stool sample in the morning (Friday).
Friday morning – I called and the vet confirmed he had terrible worms but the lab results weren’t back in. I went over to see him. They had him in isolation on a drip to replenish the fluids he was losing. He was very uncomfortable, I tried to comfort him but it was very apparent he was very ill.
I got a call later to confirm he had parvovirus. And that the next 24 hours would be crucial. Unfortunately the next morning I got the call to say that he had passed during the night.
If you have bought a puppy from this breeder – Jeremy Awdry/Kelly Busby of Lydney, Gloucestershire – and he or she has been poorly or died, please report to Gloucestershire Trading Standards, RSPCA and the local council. It’s very important that reports are made and that you follow up with each agency.
We know that if you’re reading this and you’re not a puppy farmer or dealer, that you must want these breeders/dealers/scammers stopped just the same as we do. If you know anything about them, YOU are the ones who can do it with YOUR reports and YOUR dedication to get answers from the agencies and authorities who have responsibility to end this suffering of dogs like Harley.