Real life stories of real life pets who have suffered thanks to ineffective legislation.
Scampi was an impulse purchase from a pet shop – an environment totally unsuitable for puppies.
When his owner entered the pet shop he found Scampi with five littermates in a small, dirty box and was not shown their parents. Scampi has spent his first ten to 12 weeks inside a shop environment and missing out on a crucial socialisation period that should have prepared him for later life.
When Scampi arrived at a Blue Cross rehoming centre, his behaviour was typical of a dog that has been severely under socialised at the young fear imprint stage - he was scared of everything and wouldn’t come near anyone.
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When husky pup Shadow arrived at our Victoria animal hospital, he was at death’s door - just hours after being handed over to his new owners on a train station concourse.
Shadow had been advertised on a classified website and was suffering from severe dehydration.
The seller gave Shadow’s new owner no advice about caring for a puppy and didn’t tell them he was sick.
His owners now want to warn others about the perils of buying pets online.
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Five-month-old puppy Aslan started life in a way that no pet should. The little Lhasa apso spent the first few weeks of his life in a puppy farm, and it’s likely he was born there too.
When his owner went to see the puppies, Aslan was presented to them in a box along with his littermates. Aslan was chosen, but the breeder also offered the owner an older pup from another litter.
Poor Aslan was underweight, under-socialised, and in very poor condition. He is a very cute chap, but he is not as confident as his name would suggest.
Read Aslan’s journey now.