Barnoldswick dad warns over illegal puppies

Adam and Samantha Garth with sons Isaac, left, and Tyler with dog Winston

Adam and Samantha Garth with sons Isaac, left, and Tyler with dog Winston

First published in Pendle

A FATHER-OF-TWO is warning potential pet owners to be on their guard against illegally imported litters of puppies.

Trading standards is conducting an investigation into animals being brought into the UK illegally after a puppy bought by a Barnoldswick family died.

Adam Garth, who lives in Conway Crescent, Barnoldswick, got the British bulldog for his four-year-old-son Tyler, who suffers from Down Syndrome, but said the animal, called Winston, died just days after bringing it home.

The breeder, who is not from East Lancashire, offered Mr Garth another puppy, which also began to suffer from similar kennel cough symptoms. The second puppy, which has also been named Winston, was then diagnosed as being deaf by vets.

Mr Garth, 27, a fork lift truck driver said he was worried other families may have bought puppies from the litter, and is urging them to contact authorities if they have concerns.

Anyone with concerns should contact Trading Standards on 01772 532145.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:23pm Mon 28 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

don't buy one you can't see with mum in their normal daily environment, it's the very least you can do as a precaution.
don't buy one you can't see with mum in their normal daily environment, it's the very least you can do as a precaution. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

7:38pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Suzy13 says...

This trade is terrible, with no thought for the health or welfare of the puppies. Very sad situation, there should be stricter controls on imports.
This trade is terrible, with no thought for the health or welfare of the puppies. Very sad situation, there should be stricter controls on imports. Suzy13
  • Score: 0

8:06pm Mon 28 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

Suzy13 wrote:
This trade is terrible, with no thought for the health or welfare of the puppies. Very sad situation, there should be stricter controls on imports.
I don't think they go through the proper channels, they will be in boxes hidden in vans and trucks. the import is already quite strict with animal transport and welfare, but they never see these pups.
[quote][p][bold]Suzy13[/bold] wrote: This trade is terrible, with no thought for the health or welfare of the puppies. Very sad situation, there should be stricter controls on imports.[/p][/quote]I don't think they go through the proper channels, they will be in boxes hidden in vans and trucks. the import is already quite strict with animal transport and welfare, but they never see these pups. useyourhead
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

mys says...

Poor little things, these scum would do anything for money, they don't care about the animals welfare ...
Poor little things, these scum would do anything for money, they don't care about the animals welfare ... mys
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Mon 28 Jan 13

123GSA says...

useyourhead wrote:
don't buy one you can't see with mum in their normal daily environment, it's the very least you can do as a precaution.
This man did have a female which he said was the puppies mum he even had a pup feed off her to show another buyer...
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: don't buy one you can't see with mum in their normal daily environment, it's the very least you can do as a precaution.[/p][/quote]This man did have a female which he said was the puppies mum he even had a pup feed off her to show another buyer... 123GSA
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

people still want these sort of dogs with thier tails docked so its going to be a foriegn import,as its still allowed abroad.and the police etc cant do anything,but if its been docked in the uk they can get the breeder who is docking illigally,,
people still want these sort of dogs with thier tails docked so its going to be a foriegn import,as its still allowed abroad.and the police etc cant do anything,but if its been docked in the uk they can get the breeder who is docking illigally,, ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Fri 1 Feb 13

123GSA says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
people still want these sort of dogs with thier tails docked so its going to be a foriegn import,as its still allowed abroad.and the police etc cant do anything,but if its been docked in the uk they can get the breeder who is docking illigally,,
bulldogs tails are not docked as a puppies it has been bred into them!
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: people still want these sort of dogs with thier tails docked so its going to be a foriegn import,as its still allowed abroad.and the police etc cant do anything,but if its been docked in the uk they can get the breeder who is docking illigally,,[/p][/quote]bulldogs tails are not docked as a puppies it has been bred into them! 123GSA
  • Score: 0

12:22am Tue 5 Feb 13

lancashirelass100 says...

Why spend hundreds of pounds on dogs when you can adopt one from a sanctuary or rescue centre for a fraction of the price. No sympathy!
Why spend hundreds of pounds on dogs when you can adopt one from a sanctuary or rescue centre for a fraction of the price. No sympathy! lancashirelass100
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree