January 24, 2022

Couple heartbroken after Labrador puppy dies just two days after arriving home

A Labrador puppy died just two days after it was brought home by its new owners, who how fear he may have come from a puppy farm.

Little Reggie became sick within 12 hours of arriving home and died of parvovirus, a highly infectious disease that his owners claim could have been caught if he was illegal transported.

Richard Ackers bought the puppy for his partner Alicia Sherman for Christmas but now fears he unwillingly got it from a ‘puppy farm’, despite buying it from what he thought was a reputable website.

Alicia, from Wigan, told the Liverpool Echo : “The night we got him it started with diarrhoea, the next day he was vomiting and just not himself.

The family had just brought the pup home

“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.

“I’m a nurse and I’ve seen bad things but never someone looking that bad.”

They think he came from a puppy farm

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.

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.

He was just 12 weeks old

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.”

Posting on the Justice for Reggie Facebook page, the couple said: “We understand there are reputable breeders who sell on this site but the site takes no responsibility for selling of any pup.

The family has spoken out

“We are trying to provide people with knowledge from our ‘mistake’ and try and get the site to take more information from the sellers such as a correct address that corresponds with a legal identification and checks of documents of the pups such as vet health checks and micro chipping.

“We hope that some change can be made to protect other people and protect these defenceless animals from being put through what our Reggie had to go through.”