My last blog I wrote about not feeling able to publish a comment and I must thank the lady for getting back to me tonight and I don't just wash my hands with these things, but you start the old grey matter thinking and think I do and as it's Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) it is topical. So first it is Mrs Turners reply to my email to her, saying I could not publish her comment.
I fully understand, thank you for getting back to me. I will take your advice and do everything I can to put a stop to this.
Thanks for getting back to me Mrs Turner and understanding my position. I had been thinking about what happened with your puppy and this is the reply I have just sent and my thoughts on Mrs Turner's predicament.
Hello Mrs Turner,
one thing you can look into is the liability for what happened to your pup. If your pups illness was caused by the parasitic infestation and your vet is pretty sure the infestation was at such a level, that the pup had to of had the infestation from the place you got her/him, you may be able to take them through the small claims court for cost of treatment for your pup and this should be reported to the council that licensed them, as most councils rules are that all dogs and pups are kept free from parasitic infection, which comes under the general rule of , "are protected from the spread of disease, http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1973/60
this link should get you to the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 and look at rule 4.c "that all reasonable precautions will be taken to prevent and control the spread among dogs of infectious or contagious diseases." Parasite infection I think will be covered under this, parasitic infestation is infectious and spreads disease, so letting pups become infested with parasites they are not abiding by the dog breeding licencing rules. Letting pups become infested with parasites is not controlling the potential spread of disease.
If they gave you paper work claiming the pup had been treated for parasites and it states pups are treated on their website, this is also evidence to use against them in a claim and reporting to the
council, if your vet is happy to give you written evidence of the condition of the pup, when they first saw it and treated it and your vet is pretty sure the pup had not received proper parasite treatment prior to your ownership, then you should start a claim through the small claims court, rattle their cage.
I know it's not about the money, believe me they won't want a County Court Judgement against them and if you go against them, if they start sending you nasty without prejudice letters, then it's because they know you are going to win in court. I have taken two cases through the small claims court to do with money owing, one about a horses registry and the other a sub-contracting firm,
who got real nasty come the end and the day of court, they did not turn up and we got judgement for the full amount. Small Claims courts are very informal and if you are honest and in your case doing it to expose dogs and pups not being cared for well, the Judge will get that.
If you want to pursue a small claims court. I would speak with your vet first to see they believe that the pup being infested with parasites was prior to your ownership and are happy to provide written evidence to this and would be prepared to come to court if needed, get a free half hour with a solicitor or visit your local Citizens Advice center and then if you feel you have a case then you can find your local courts and down load the forms and go from there. Going through the small claims courts is actually more easy than people realize, if I can do it, I think most can.
Hope this helps.
I'm publishing this reply so that anyone else in Mrs Turners position, know that they can try and do something and dog breeders that are Council Licenced are answerable, if neglect can be proven in the rearing of your puppy and if the Council will not get off their arse, you can.
In fact if any breeder signs a contract or gives you any paperwork making claims you can disprove and this has caused unnecessary suffering to the pup and expense for you, you may have a legal case against the breeder. Talk to your vet, get that free half hour with a solicitor that understands the type of claim you are looking at, as most solicitors offer that in England or get down to your local Citizens Advice center.
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Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.