Pup 'put to sleep' days after leaving Bucknall kennels
A FAMILY have been left devastated after their puppy died – just four days after they gave him a new home.
Paula McClelland adopted Staffie-Labrador cross Bailey from City Dogs Home earlier this month.
But the one-year-old dog had to be put to sleep four days later after contracting Cannine parvovirus, a highly-contagious disease spread mainly through contact with infected faeces.
Paula believes Bailey contracted the bug from the Bucknall-based kennels before she took him in.
The 43-year-old said: "It's been a really distressing experience for the family.
"We all became quite attached to Bailey even though we'd only had him for a few days.
"We had decided to adopt a dog rather than buy one because we wanted to give a home to a dog that needed one.
"When we saw him at City Dogs Home we fell in love with him straight away. He was really well-behaved and friendly.
"We paid a £70 donation and took him home the next day. I can't see where else he could have got parvovirus from."
Paula took Bailey to see a vet on January 18 after finding him lying in the laundry room.
She said: "When I walked into the kitchen that morning, I knew something was really wrong when I saw diarrhoea and blood all over the kitchen floor.
"Then when I walked into the laundry room, I found Bailey in his basket. He was really thin and weak and didn't even have the energy to stand up. It was absolutely devastating to see him so ill.
"We took him to see the vets as soon as it opened and they confirmed he had parvovirus and he would need to be put down."
The family say Bailey had not shown symptoms on Tuesday January 15, the day after they rehomed him.
Paula's son Scott, aged 18, said: "I heard Bailey coughing on Tuesday night and the next morning, he was worse.
"We took him back to City Dogs Home on Wednesday and when we were in the queue to see a vet, one of the workers told us he probably had kennel cough and gave us some tablets. The next day, he had to be put down.
"We had been trying to convince my mum for ages to adopt a big dog because we used to have a poodle that died a few years ago and we wanted a big dog we could take for walks. Bailey was brilliant and it was horrible that we lost him after only four days. Everyone in the family has been affected."
City Dogs Home declined to comment when approached by The Sentinel.