By the time you’ve bought a puppy and got it home, an attachment has usually formed. If you then find out that the puppy is sick, you’ll go to a vet. When you find out the pet has come from a puppy farm you’re usually devastated.  Carol called us to tell us about her experience and suggested dog breeders lie detector tests would be a good idea.  We agree.

Carol’s Story

Carol wanted another dog.  After her old Springer spaniel, Max had died of old age a few years ago she’d vowed never to replace him but now the void she felt was overwhelming. She’d bought Max from a puppy breeder in the local area and he’d lived a very pampered and comfortable life until he was 16. Losing him had been like losing a member of her family. No matter how hard she tried she couldn’t forget the joy she felt, coming home from work and seeing that little wagging tail and beaming face looking up at her.

Finding another dog

Carol tried to get in touch with her previous breeder but Mary was now pretty elderly and had stopped breeding for a number of years. However, she did suggest looking in the local papers and online for one. Thinking Mary was giving her sound advice Carol started to trawl through the endless ads until she found one.

A 3 month old female puppy called Ella was the last of the litter and the breeder was selling her cheaply at £250 as she was the ‘runt’.  ‘Sold as seen’ was also written at the bottom of the page. Carol thought this was a bargain and didn’t care she would be smaller. Her original puppy had cost £400, cheap in itself as the top end price for a dog of this type was approximately £600. The alarm bells should have rung at this point. A dog breeders lie detector test administered at this point would have confirmed what Carol was about to face.

Collecting the puppy

Carol arrived at the breeder’s house, took one look at Ella and fell in love. Yes, she was small but she was full of life. What did seem odd to Carol was the house didn’t look like a breeder’s house. Absent was the normal strong odour of dogs and no dogs were wandering around.  However, she was so excited she’d found her new companion. The breeder produced a document for Ella to confirm she’d had her inoculations and Carol handed over the £250 and left. In her excitement, she’d forgotten to ask to see the parents. If she had, she may have thought twice.

Coming Home

Carol got Ella home but after a few days the puppy deteriorated.  The bounce in her had gone; she seemed lethargic and wouldn’t eat. Carol took her to the vet and the vet said he was suspicious.  He believed she had come from a puppy farm and had been interbred. How could a trusted online classifieds site have allowed this poor little puppy to be advertised?

Dog breeders lie detector tests

So many puppies are farmed in horrendous conditions, interbred and then sold sick or dying on popular websites across the country. Whilst new rules come into effect in Ireland from January 2019 we wonder whether they should include dog breeders lie detector tests. With a reputation for being the ‘Puppy Farm Capital of Europe’ anything that helps end this cruel breeding practice is welcome.

Among the many documents provided for genuine pedigree puppies, polygraph results from dog breeders lie detector tests would inspire confidence for those seeking healthy puppies.Websites advertising these puppies could also benefit from seeing results from dog breeders lie detector tests as a prerequisite to allowing their adverts to be published.  At least then we could ensure we’re getting exactly what’s been advertised.

Carol was one of the lucky ones. Although it did cost a small fortune to get Ella well, she went on to live a long and happy life.

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