Hi need help and advice. We bought a 8 half week old puppy from a private breeder. that puppy was sick in the breeders house before we left which we put down to the fact she had had her jabs the previous day and a little off , we thought nothing serious of it. anyway the following day the puppy was very quiet and wouldn't eat or drink . by the Monday I was concerned so we took her to the vets who said she was dehydrated had gastroenteritis and was anaemic. The vets kept her her iv treatment to which she didn't respond so pup was transferred to a hospital for round clock care . unfortunately despite starting to pick up her health nosedived and her kidneys started to shut down and we lost her. complete shock and devastation for my family. When I informend the breeder she eventually returned the money we paid for the puppy but now we are hit with a vets bill of £2029 and no puppy. My question is , what are our rights ? who is responsible for this bill ? the puppy was already starting her illness before we left breeders house. 4 nights we owned that puppy 2 of which she was with the vets. Who is responsible for the bill , us or the breeder?
Sorry to hear that about your puppy, very sad . I'm not exactly sure about who should be responsible for the vet bills, I'm tempted to say breeder but I don't know for sure. Hopefully someone will come along and give more info. I'm glad to hear that the breeder at least refunded the money you paid for puppy, that's the least they should do in a situation like this.
OMG you poor thing, well I would be inclined to be going back to the breeder and call their bluff, tell them you have taken advice and clearly they knew the poor pup was ill, and if they don't refund you that you will be naming and shaming them. They must be making a fortune out of breeding ? What breed was it ?
Have you thought to speak to the C.A.B for your own peace of mind ?
Yep it sounds like this pup was either backyard bred or came from a puppy farm, @amie did you get vaccinations records with the puppy? Was she a pedigree? If so did you get the papers? Health check certs? My dog samson was bred in less than ideal conditions, he came from my cousins friend who let her Norwegian elkhound bitch breed with a mutt, she did a good job in looking after the puppies and socialising them but still it shouldn't have happened in the first place really, even though we do love samson to pieces . Hope you get this situation sorted and get some form of compensation for the whole thing.
Puppies (and animals in general) in the eyes of the law are classed as goods which means they come under the sales of goods act 1979, the breeder has gone against this act by selling you a sick puppy (faulty goods)
Also there's the consumer rights act 2015 which is similar to the sales of goods act in saying that you have the right to honest information about what your buying, did the breeder inform you puppy was sick? If breeder tries to deny puppy was sick then it would be a good idea to get your vet to write a note saying what was wrong with puppy and what caused her to get pts.
I would go with @scallywags suggestion and go to citizens advice saying there's a possibility breeder may have breached both these acts.
I'm sad to read this....unfortunately your experience is a common one and one we see in veterinary practice all too often. Puppies of this age deteriorate very quickly and with symptoms such as vomiting, not eating and not drinking, they require immediate veterinary care to stand a chance. When we see pups with gastroenteritis and anaemia at work, its often due to a high worm burden which can prove fatal when there are complications such as vomiting and not drinking, which obviously result in dehydration and kidney failure.
This clearly wasn't a very good breeder if they were willing to sell you a sick puppy. Did they actually breed your pup? Did you see the mother? By refunding you the money you paid for your pup they have probably fulfilled their obligations to some extent. There is an expression 'caveat emptor' that is often applied to the sale of animals and therefore the responsibility is placed on the buyer to check the suitability of both the breeder and puppy. Saying this there can be reparation if you are prepared to go through a small claims court, though you'd need to pay the vet's bill in full of course!
Also if you haven't already, PLEASE report this to the RSPCA and Trading Standards so this breeder can be investigated. If you bought your pup from a breeder on an online classified website, let the company know. If its an assured breeder through the Kennel Club, inform the Kennel Club.
How sad for you @anie - good advice from the others - you should definitely report it to the RSPCA and trading standards. However, it does look as though you have a big bill to pay and regretfully, no puppy.