A besotted dog lover has revealed how she was sold a one-eyed, seriously ill pug by a rogue puppy trader – even though it desperately needed medical treatment.
Lisa Lochhead fell in love with the stricken pup, named Buddy, after seeing an online advert.
She wanted to save Buddy from hellish living conditions, the Daily Record reports.
The poor animal was so over-run with mites that all his fur had fallen off.
Lisa said trader Carol Willis then tried to get her to sell on pups for her, making them look like they came from a loving family home – a favourite tactic of rogue traders.
Mum-of-three Lisa, from Wigtownshire, Scotland, was so desperate to save the dog that she borrowed cash to pay for him.
A vet later confirmed he was suffering from demodectic mange (a skin infection) as well as a giardia infection (of the intestines), which made his stool bloody and full of worms.
Buddy also faces a battle to save his other eye.
Lisa managed to talk the price down from £550 to £100 after Willis asked her to sell on dogs from her house – masking the fact she was churning out pups from her own production line.
Lisa has since spent hundreds of pounds on vet bills. She has also been contacted by the buyer of Buddy’s sister, which also suffered from dire skin problems.
Lisa said: “I would say that the moment I saw Buddy, I felt I had to save him from this woman. He is such a loveable wee character and the fact he lost an eye hasn’t stopped him have a big personality.
“Carol Willis told me that Buddy lost an eye after being attacked by a French bulldog she was selling, then almost lost the other eye after being scratched by his sister.
“That’s what happens when all these dogs are bred in cramped conditions. She shouldn’t be doing it.”
Lisa had hoped to see the pup with its mother before taking him but Willis repeatedly insisted on meeting at Asda car park in Girvan, Ayrshire, where she turned up with a van full of dogs in cages.
She said: “She didn’t want me anywhere near her home. I couldn’t believe that she was wanting £550 for a dog in that shape but I was determined to rescue him. Willis was really keen for me to take dogs from her and sell them as though I had bred them from my home.
“When she found out I was from Cairnryan, she started asking if I knew anyone who did ferry trips to Ireland, so I presumed she was thinking about bringing in pups that way too.”
We told yesterday how Willis had previously been forced to hand over dogs to the SSPCA after whistleblowers told of awful living and breeding condtions.
When the Record turned up at her farmhouse near Girvan, she offered a pug pup for £850, claiming she could get it microchipped that day. She denied the dogs were being kept in poor conditions, saying: “The SSPCA said there were too many dogs, they didn’t say they were being badly looked after.”
She added: “The dogs had giardia but you can treat easily with Panacur. It’s just a wee parasite.”
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