Puppy sold with fake his­tory

Fam­ily warns oth­ers after find­ing out vac­ci­na­tion card was not real

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Alexan­der Ballinger

THE heart­bro­ken own­ers of puppy Ge­orge have is­sued a warn­ing to those look­ing for a new pet after she was sold to them with fake vet­eri­nary records and is now se­ri­ously ill.

A FAM­ILY has given a warn­ing to dog buy­ers after learn­ing their adored new puppy might have to be put down after it was al­legedly sold with a fake vet­eri­nary his­tory.

The buyer, a woman from Hert­ford­shire who asked not to be named, bought the Labrador Spaniel cross on Fri­day Septem­ber 9, after see­ing it ad­ver­tised on­line in west Lon­don.

How­ever, she was dev­as­tated to find later on that the dog had not been mi­crochipped or vac­ci­nated de­spite the vac­ci­na­tion card say­ing it had been.

The fe­male puppy, named Ge­orge after the woman’s fa­ther who re­cently passed away, has been di­ag­nosed with the highly con­ta­gious par­vovirus and may have to be put down.

Par­vovirus is a highly con­ta­gious vi­ral dis­ease that can also trans­mit­ted to pup­pies by their mother, but most are vac­ci­nated against it.

The buyer, a 46-yearold sup­port worker for the el­derly, told the Gazette: “I wanted to make peo­ple aware. We just want to stop this from hap­pen­ing.

“If I can stop this hap­pen­ing to some­one else and stop them go­ing through the mis­ery we’re go­ing through at the mo­ment, at least I feel I’ve done some­thing.”

The fam­ily, from Pot­ters Bar in Hert­ford­shire, bought Ge­orge from Den­ham Green near Uxbridge for £220.

They were led to be­lieve that she was three months old and had been mi­crochipped and had been given vac­ci­na­tion in­jec­tions.

But on tak­ing the puppy to the vet for a check up, the fam­ily say they re­alised the vac­ci­na­tion card had been faked.

Based on the size of the puppy, the vet also told the fam­ily that she was no older than six to eight weeks – at least a month younger than the seller had al­legedly claimed.

Just days after she was taken home, the puppy fell ill with di­ar­rhoea and was taken to an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal in St Al­bans, where she re­mains.

The puppy’s owner said if they pur­sue the treat­ment for par­vovirus, vet bills could end up to­talling £3,000.

Ge­orge was cho­sen and named by the owner’s 10-year-old son.

She said: “I dread to think what he’s go­ing to be like [if she’s put down].

“I just want to get it out there. The puppy is very dis­tressed and in pain.”

I wanted to make peo­ple aware. We just want to stop this from hap­pen­ing”

n HIGHLY CON­TA­GIOUS: Ge­orge the puppy

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