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Vet warning after puppy farm virus
8:10pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
Vet are warning animal lovers not to buy pets from puppy farms after a family faced having to have its tiny dog put down.
The family from West Sussex bought the small cocker spaniel from a breeder who was advertising the animal for sale on a website.
But when they got it home, it quickly became ill. Within six days it was dead.
The pet had the highly contagious killer dog disease Parvovirus.
It was so ill vets said it had to be put down.
Senior veterinary clinician, Nicola Bromley, said: “Thousands of happy looking pups just like this one are bred in horrific conditions such as puppy farms, then transported cross country to these puppy sellers and sold every day already carrying this deadly virus, which usually manifests itself a few days after settling into their new home, when any natural immunity provided by their mother’s milk has worn off.”
The family said: “We are all devastated.”
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