Sick puppies seized by Scottish SPCA investigators from breeder’s van at Glasgow hotel car park
The Scottish SPCA’s Special Investigation Unit worked on intelligence to uncover the dealer earlier this month.
All six pups – found in small cages in the van – were diagnosed with giardia and coccidia – due to the poor housing conditions common in low-wage puppies.
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The vaccination certificate the breeder used to sell the puppies was also found to be forged.
The six pups were found in small cages in a delivery truck. Photo: Scottish SPCA
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The pups are now in one of the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Rescue and Relocation Centers, receiving the care and treatment they need.
An inspector from the special investigation agency, who cannot be identified because he works undercover, said: “At first the puppies looked healthy, but after a veterinary examination they found giardia and zikcodias. If left untreated, these diseases can lead to serious illness and, in the worst case, death.
“Low-care dealers will try everything to sell puppies. We always ask the public to be vigilant and review paperwork, but in some cases, like this one, documents can be forged.
“Legitimate records will have stamps from the veterinarian’s office where the puppy was vaccinated and full vaccination details. A responsible breeder will have no problem with a prospective breeder contacting the veterinarian’s office to confirm details.
“We keep saying that low welfare breeders will always give an excuse, mostly it will be a compassionate story to deliver you a dog or meet you in a public place. Please do not allow this under any circumstances.
“Puppies and their parents suffer and die because of this industry. We need the public now to act responsibly and not to contribute to this appalling trade. Public demand will fuel that trade, and as long as it does bad traders will find all means to operate. “
Any concerns about the low welfare puppy trade should be reported to the Scottish SPCA’s confidential pet hotline on 03000 999 999.