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Hi I am a new member but have owned labs for several years
We lost our oldest lab Ben to liver and kidney failure, in nov last year he was only 7, leaving him in Edinburgh and then telling the vets there to put him to sleep, because that was what was best for him, was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. He was a character afraid of water, hights, and didnt to stairs. Jasper my 6 year old lab was devistated. As were we, so we got a puppy a few days later, unfortunatly from a puppy farmer, we had Harry for 5 days before he became ill, he died 5 days later of parvo. There are no words to discribe our discust for this man and the way he treats the puppys in his care. We have a new puppy Max who is 6 weeks old from a reputable breeder, hes causing chaos, just as they should but i dont think i will rest untill he is 12 weeks and all his vaccines are up to date.
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Hi Ange

Sorry to hear about all your drama! :( To lose two in such a short space of time is just unreal! I can only imagine how you felt and perhaps still feel. If only puppy farming was a criminal offence where you can involve the law. :evil: Are you taking them to court with the trading standards? They are interested in cases like this. If you were to involve them and take the puppy farmer to the small claims court then it builds up a record against them.

So glad to hear that you now have Max. 8) I can imagine you're anxious about his jabs being completed. Have lots of fun with Max as well you know, they don't stay small for very long! Our boy Barney is reminding us of that - he's growing up into a very beautiful boy (biased of course!). Take care of all the canine family.

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Hi Ange

Welcome to the forum and really sorry to hear of both of your losses. I don't know how these puppy farmers get away with what they do, its disgusting what they put the dogs/puppies through. They should be reported to the local dog wardens.

I'm glad you now have another puppy to bring you happiness and also be a good friend for Jasper - hope he's keeping out of mischief, but probably not!

Are you in Scotland as you mention Edinburgh? I live near Kinross. It's a lovely country for dog walks! We have a 3 month old choc lab (15 weeks old on 20th) called Corbie and I love him to bits, even when he's up to no good! :lol:

Look forward to hearing more about your 'boys'.
 

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Hi thanks for your replys. I live in durham, had to take Ben to the specialist @ the university in Edinburgh.
The puppy farmer is from durham. Brings the puppys up from wales and across from ireland in a small tranist type van. Up to 30 puppys at a time.
All breeds not just labs. Trading standards wernt very intrested, you have more rights buying a toaster. RSPCA know of him but hes not breaking any laws, or they cant catch him breaking any, so nothing they can do. Its my understanding and you can correct me if I am wrong but unfortunatly no one has ever received a custodial sentence for puppy farming, and the max fine is £1000 pounds which is nothing to the amount of money they make from their cruelty. 70% losses is acceptable to these people because for every 100 puppys that pass through there hands if they sell 30 thats classed as an acceptable profit. We were sickend by all this, and unless you have been a victim and start digging, I dont think many people realise that this gos on.
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Yes, it is sickening. We've heard about pup farmers sending other people to go and try and buy from a reputable breeder as breeders in the area knew who the puppy farmer was. They usually want bitches to breed from.

Also one gave their lab bitch the eye test at the vets - the vet noticed something he'd never seen before on the retina, but it still had a clear eye result. Then a year later this man took what he said was a different bitch for an eye test to the same vets and the vet noticed the strange marking again which made him realise that because the previous bitch had been given clear eyes this man was using her again and saying she was a different dog!
 

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Hi Ange

Welcome to Lab Forums. I am so very sorry to hear about your losses - it must have been truly devastating and my heart goes out to you.

I am sure that Max will be fine - he sounds lovely. And of course Jasper too! Would love to see some piccies at some point.

All the best to you all,
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What an awful experience, but I am glad that you let me know about the seriousness with which trading standards take puppy farming. (NOT) it is a really bad problem in our area, many people try to buy pups to use for field work too and abandon them when they dont come up to standard! some folks eh!

anyway I'll get off my soap box and wish you well with your new friend, i wish you many happy years with him,

love from Dawn, Bonnie and Willow Mae
 

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Hi Ange

I'm really sorry that you didn't get the response from trading standards that someone I know got. They'd bought a Westie pup from someone in Durham and they seemed to be all for taking the puppy farmer to court. Their pup didn't even survive 24 hours. The case eventually got dropped because my work colleague started receiving threats from the "farmer" and got scared, backed off and didn't inform the police (I'm damn sure I would have!)

Anyway, you're not that far from us, we're in Sunderland and tend to get all over the place with Barney - you never know our paths might cross one day! Hope your new boy's settling in. Enjoy.

Suzanne
 
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