Sophie Vanni :
“I bought a long haired dachshund from Little Rascals five years ago. I called her Penny and I adore her, but this place needs shutting down to stop people going through what I’m still going through now.
I went to see their Dachshund puppies from seeing them on the Pets4home website and, as I lived in Lincoln, I couldn’t believe my luck.
When I got there two puppies were brought out to me, one long haired and one short haired, which I thought was odd as they said they were from the same litter. I asked about the mum but was told she was too tired for me to see her and I could come back another day! I stupidly didn’t see the warning signs.
Penny seemed in good health. She had to have her jabs re-done as my vet didn’t know of or use the vaccine they used on their vet certificate, this I also have proof of. She also had A LOT of worms which I thought was just because she was a puppy.
She grew and developed fine at the time, though I questioned the vet a couple times about her raspy breathing that happened sometimes, but they thought there was no need for concern. But then the worst happened, the ongoing lung issue turned into pneumonia, and an underlying genetic disorder was also found as she had Myasthenia , a disorder where her body attacks her muscles. Her body wasn’t letting her oesophagus work which was filling her lungs with water and food and slowly drowning her.
Three days in and my local vets said they couldn’t help her any more and she either needed to be put down or I drive to a Cambridge vet hospital, which I did. She went straight on a ventilator and stayed there for 9 days. I was constantly driving up to see her and praying for the best. The bill amounted to over £6000, not to mention her medication that she’s on for life which is £200 every 6 months. She has also had two relapses since.
Bad breeding and a bad start in life causes my heart to ache for Penelope’s restricted life and painful experience. They don’t care for the dogs or puppies just the money, God knows where Penny was born or who her parents are.
I saw that the BBC did a programme a few years ago that looked into Little Rascals and they spoke to a lady who had bought a smooth haired dachshund the same age as Penny, so I couldn’t help but think that was the other dog I was shown, and she also had a nightmare trying to keep her dog alive.”
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