Hi everyone I set up this go-fund-me page to help a friend who‘s struggling to cover costs to save a very sick puppy she was unknowingly scammed into buying.
Mae & Jamie found the advert for Barney who is a 9 week old cavalier king charles spaniel puppy, on the Pets4homes website. They spoke to Barneys breeder two days before arranging to meet at Maidstone services as due to the covid-19 situation they were led to believe that breeders weren't allowed to sell their dogs from their home. Barney was seen with his mother on Saturday the 9th of May at maidstone services at 12 o’clock where money and paperwork was exchanged.
The Breeders names were believed to be Hannah & Graham, but only Graham showed although was difficult to identify as he wore a mask but they do remember him arriving in a silver ford mondeo.
Barney seemed well, but after just 3 days of collecting him he quickly become unwell, refusing to eat, vomiting and extremely lethargic. Mae rushed Barney to cinque ports vets in Rye where he was put on fluids but was very quickly transferred to Kingsnorth veterinary hospital on wednesday evening as took a sudden turn for the worse. Barney has been having scans, xrays and blood tests, and after some investigating they have found the cause to what is causing him to he so poorly, sadly Barney has gastro virus which is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus for puppies which has attacked the white blood cells and his immune system. Symptoms of this virus start to arise around 14 days of being contracted, which means Barney would of had this virus before being sold on to Mae & Jamie. The vet advised them to contact the breeders as it was highly likely Barneys litter mates would also have the virus. Upon this the vets scanned his microchip but sadly there is no record of address, only a contact number which is no longer in use and to make matters worse is listed as being reported as a repeat offender. This has led them believe that Mae & Jamie had infact been scammed by a puppy farmer selling infected puppies. Mae & Jamie have since found more adverts of CKS puppies advertised with the same mother as barney used in the photos, listed under a different name and number as well as other breeds of puppies for sale such as pomeranians and jack russells, which made it even clearer they had become a victim of a puppy farmer. Mae also checked the paperwork she was given with Barney which has turned out not to be legitimate.
Barney is currently in intensive care costing £1500 a night, he has a feeding tube fitted, a tube to remove excess fluid from his tummy and is on antibiotics to fight the infection, along with various other painkillers and medication to get his guts moving. His white blood cells were so low hes had to have a blood transfusion, which sadly hasn’t had much of an effect. This poor puppy is fighting for his life but Mae is refusing to give up on him as she believes with time he may he strong enough to get over this horrendous event. Barneys current vet bill is standing at £3500 and is on going, Mae is self employed and like a lot of people with the current situation, she has been left feeling not only heartbroken but extremely stressed trying to gather all of her savings up not knowing how shes going to cover it should it continue to rise. As her friend seeing her go through this is extremely hard and I only wish I could do more, if anyone is able to give a donation it could make the biggest difference to barneys life.
Lastly I just want to say Thank you in advance to all of those who are able to spare a donation, and thank you to everyone for taking the time to read this.
Please share far and wide.
Aimey, Mae & Jamie x
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