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Mystery dog that sparked a rabies alert

Alfie, safely returned from quarantine, is enjoying his new life in Bellshill with Aaron.

Alfie, safely returned from quarantine, is enjoying his new life in Bellshill with Aaron.

Bellshill man Aaron Graham couldn’t believe his bad luck when a Dalmatian pup he bought from an online ad was whisked into quarantine.

A routine visit to a vet revealed his new pet ‘Alfie’ was fitted with a foreign microchip.

With no paperwork to show how he’d come to be in the UK the puppy was placed into quarantine in Derby.

Aaron had bought the dog for £450 after spotting an ad on the website Gumtree.

The seller delivered him personally “to check he was going to a good home”.

But when Aaron took him to the vet the foreign chip and lack of documents meant it wasn’t possible to be sure Alfie had been inoculated against rabies and other diseases.

Alfie is now in good health and loving life with Aaron who wants to warn others of the risks of buying a pet online.

He said: “The woman who sold me Alfie came to my house and spent a long time talking about her own dogs,it wasn’t just a case of ‘here’s the dog, here’s the money’.

“I was shocked when I found out Alfie’s background, so I wanted to let other people know of the risks of buying a dog without having the paperwork to prove where it comes from and has all the necessary vaccinations to keep it and the public safe.”

Environmental services committee convener Councillor Helen McKenna said: “The UK has been free of rabies for over 90 years and want that maintained so we acted immediately to protect the public. 

“It’s important to check the dog has all the necessary paperwork and proof of vaccinations, so buy pets that come from a reputable UK dealer.

“Visit the puppy where it was bred and see it with its mother, never pay for a dog in advance.” 

 

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