New labrador owners have been left heartbroken following the death of their puppy just two days after bringing him home.
Little Reggie fell ill within 12 hours of his new life with Richard Ackers and Alicia Sherman who suspect he caught parvovirus from time spent at a potentially illegal puppy farm.
Richard fears his adorable Christmas present to partner Alicia, may have come from a ‘puppy farm’, despite buying it from a reputable website.
Alicia, 26, from Wigan, told the ECHO : "The night we got him it started with diarrhoea, the next day he was vomiting and just not himself.
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"We rang the vets who said that’s not normal for a young Labrador puppy and when we took him for tests they did a parvovirus test that came back positive.
"He was straight on an IV and he needed a gastric tube because he wasn’t taking anything orally.
"They then rang the next day to say he wasn’t getting any better."
Alicia said seeing the young dog so sick was ‘just awful’, she added: "I just hated to see him like that. It was awful.
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"I’m a nurse and I’ve seen bad things but never someone looking that bad."
The pair bought Reggie from a popular pet classifieds site.
Since losing Reggie, they have launched a campaign to try and change the way puppies are bought in the country and have set up a Facebook page Justice for Reggie.
When buying Reggie, Richard was told by the seller that Reggie was wormed and vaccinated and properly chipped – but the vet told the couple this wasn’t the case.
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Reggie, who was 12 weeks old, had a microchip – but the chip number didn’t correspond to the chip he had.
The couple thought they were purchasing Reggie from St Helens but his chip was actually registered to Dublin, which they believe could mean he was shipped to the country illegally.
Richard said: "We contacted the local authorities and council – this happens hundreds of times a week throughout the country especially from puppy farms.
"Since we spoke to the council they said they had 20 cases this week in the Wigan and St Helens area, these puppies are abused and it needs to change.
"I am fighting for change on how we sell puppies."
He added: "Many other animals will die without education and prevention."
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