Man sold sick puppy suf­fer­ing seizures

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A MAN has been found guilty of sell­ing a sick puppy who was suf­fer­ing from seizures which even lead to res­pi­ra­tory ar­rest

Pa­trick McCar­ron, 49, was slapped with a £250 fine and has been banned from own­ing, keep­ing, deal­ing or work­ing with an­i­mals for three years fol­low­ing a Scot­tish SPCA in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

McCar­ron, of Rodger Way, Mother­well was sen­tenced at Hamilton Sher­iff Court on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

McCar­ron pled guilty of caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing to a dog by fail­ing to pro­vide ad­e­quate ve­teri­nary treat­ment.

A SSPCA un­der­cover in­spec­tor said: “McCar­ron sold at least one pup that had to re­ceive ex­ten­sive ve­teri­nary treat­ment af­ter reach­ing her new owner. The pup, a border col­lie, was suf­fer­ing from seizures which even lead to res­pi­ra­tory ar­rest.

“The cause of the seizures was most likely a se­vere round worm bur­den which caused anaemia, mal­nour­ish­ment and con­trib- uted to her poor bod­ily con­di­tion.

“Thank­fully as the pup re­ceived emer­gency ve­teri­nary treat­ment she made a re­cov­ery, but other pup­pies aren’t usu­ally so lucky.

“Any per­son sell­ing pup­pies has a duty of care to en­sure the pups are fit at the point of sale and this should in­volve hav­ing them vet checked.”

The in­spec­tor added: “Our Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit spear­head a multi-agency task­force who work tire­lessly to bring puppy traders to jus­tice through Oper­a­tion Del­phin which in­cludes sup­port from Dum­fries and Gal­loway Coun­cil, ISPCA, USPCA, DSPCA, RSPCA, HMRC Trad­ing Stan­dards, Ste­naline, Po­lice Scot­land Port unit and APHA.

“This mul­ti­mil­lion pound in­dus­try is fu­elled en­tirely by greed and profit with lit­tle to no con­sid­er­a­tion for the wel­fare of the dogs they sell.”

You can help the Scot­tish SPCA #SayNoToPup­pyDeal­ers by fol­low­ing on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

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