The RSPCA has warned dog owners in Buckinghamshire to be vigilant and ensure their pets are vaccinated against parvovirus following three incidents – including two in which sickly pups were callously dumped. The pups are either suspected or confirmed to have parvovirus, a potentially fatal disease.
One of these puppies was abandoned on Sunday 29 October near the Newport Pagnell Sports Pavilion, on Willen Road. The pup received treatment, and is now looked after by a foster carer. A further six terrier type crossbreed puppies were found nearby on Monday 30 October in a box. One of the puppies had to be put to sleep, and the others are currently under intensive veterinary care for suspected parvovirus.
One more puppy, suspected to be harbouring this deadly disease, was taken to a local vet by his new owner and sadly had to be put to sleep. While puppies are especially vulnerable to parvovirus, any unvaccinated dog is at risk. There is no cure for it: all that vets can do is manage the symptoms and hope for the best. Now the RSPCA is warning local dog owners to keep an eye out for any sign that their dog may be unwell.
RSPCA Chief inspector Jim Lucas said, “We are looking into these incidents and an active investigation is now underway. The worry is that if these puppies have got parvo, or been in contact with other dogs that may have the disease, then there could be others out there which are sick and in need of treatment.
“We now want to alert dog owners around the area and encourage them to remain vigilant and if they suspect their pet is sick, take them straight to a vet. Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease with a high mortality rate among untreated dogs, so we would encourage owners to ensure their pets are vaccinated to help avoid the heartbreak of losing a much loved pet to the disease.”
Anyone with information about the dumped puppies can contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeals line on 0300 123 8018.