An ‘overbred’ dog who was rescued from an illegal puppy farm has been forced to undergo a life-saving operation.
Junior Greenhill and Amy Turnbull from Glasgow took in dachshund/chihuahua cross Dora from his brother on November 17 after she was saved from a farm in Northern Scotland.
But the two-year-old dog was rushed to the vet just days later after she developed a septic infection due to a puppy tragically dying in her womb, the Daily Record reports.
The vet then told the couple, who are both nurses, Dora’s condition indicated she had been “bred repeatedly” by her previous owners, it is reported.
They were given the devastating news that she would need to undergo a “risky” procedure to remove her uterus and clear the infection or she faced being euthanised.
Junior said: “At first we thought she was pregnant but her discharge was getting worse and worse. Amy’s sister is a veterinary nurse and she told us there was something wrong with her.
“We were terrified when we took her to the vets and were told how ill she was.
“We had been keeping her in the spare room and we take turns to stay by her side. We have another dog, Pablo, that she is sheepish around, so we wanted to make sure she felt safe and comfortable.
“She has been amazing in spite of being so unwell. She’s a real sook.”
The couple have borrowed more than £4,000 in cash to afford Dora’s surgery to remove her womb and uterus, which was carried out successfully at the Vets Now Hospital in North Street yesterday.
She is now in recovery and will hopefully return home tomorrow.
Junior said: “We weren’t sure we wanted to put her through it incase she had no quality of life or a slim chance of survival, but when we found out we could save her, we wanted to do what we can. She’ll need plenty of rest and cuddles.”
He paid tribute to the veterinary staff who saved Dora’s life.
He added: “When I told my brother to bring her over, it was initially because I didn’t want him taking her to my dad, who is unwell. But we didn’t have the heart not to keep her once we met her.
“I really appreciate the vet staff for working so hard to save her. They have been amazing.
“It’s a lot of money and I am worried about how we are going to pay it back. I wasn’t rich before this and I certainly won’t be in future.
|But she’s so full of life despite what she has gone through and it just didn’t seem right to not fight for her.”
So far more than £1200 has been raised on the couple’s GoFundMe page.
Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn said: “The demand for dogs is incredibly high at the moment and unscrupulous breeders are taking advantage of this.
“These breeders can hide their identity online and, in many cases, have no concern for the welfare of the animals they are selling.
“Anyone buying a puppy must visit the seller and see the pups with their mother.
“They should be able to see the living environment they have been reared in and they should be given a copy of the animal’s veterinary records which will detail the necessary vaccinations and health checks required from birth.
“It’s not just the puppies who suffer at the hands of these low-welfare breeders but the mothers as well, who are overbred with no concern for their welfare and often kept in very poor conditions without the appropriate veterinary care.
“Please do your research before buying a dog online, otherwise you could be paying a great deal of money for a sick or poorly bred animal which could end up costing you even more in vet bills, not to mention heartbreak.
“If you are sure that you want to give a dog a home, please consider adopting as there are loads of canine companions looking for their forever homes in our centres right now. You can also find a reputable breeder through the Scottish SPCA Assured Puppy Breeders Scheme.
“Anyone with concerns about the conditions in which an animal is being kept or sold can call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”