Pet lover’s upset over death of dog

07:00 03 February 2014

An Exmouth teenager whose puppy was destroyed within 24 hours of her selling it over the internet is urging pet owners to use rescue centres for unwanted animals.
Keeleigh Ellis, 19, of Avondale Road, sold nine-month-old collie cross Labrador Bruno through a website when family problems meant she was unable to keep him.
Liam Elliot, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, said the dog was euthanised by a vet because it bit his daughter.

An Exmouth teenager whose puppy was destroyed within 24 hours of her selling it over the internet is urging pet owners to use rescue centres for unwanted animals. Keeleigh Ellis, 19, of Avondale Road, sold nine-month-old collie cross Labrador Bruno through a website when family problems meant she was unable to keep him. Liam Elliot, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, said the dog was euthanised by a vet because it bit his daughter.

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Re-home your unwanted pets through a rescue centre - that is the message from an Exmouth woman whose dog died within 24 hours of it being sold online.

An Exmouth teenager whose puppy was destroyed within 24 hours of her selling it over the internet is urging pet owners to use rescue centres for unwanted animals.
Keeleigh Ellis, 19, of Avondale Road, sold nine-month-old collie cross Labrador Bruno through a website when family problems meant she was unable to keep him.
Liam Elliot, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, said the dog was euthanised by a vet because it bit his daughter.An Exmouth teenager whose puppy was destroyed within 24 hours of her selling it over the internet is urging pet owners to use rescue centres for unwanted animals. Keeleigh Ellis, 19, of Avondale Road, sold nine-month-old collie cross Labrador Bruno through a website when family problems meant she was unable to keep him. Liam Elliot, of Hillcrest, Cullompton, said the dog was euthanised by a vet because it bit his daughter.

An Exmouth teenager whose puppy was destroyed within 24 hours of her selling it over the internet is urging pet owners to use rescue centres for unwanted animals.

Keeleigh Ellis, 19, of Avondale Road, sold nine-month-old collie cross labrador Bruno through a website when family problems meant she was unable to keep him.

The family, from mid Devon, who took on the dog said he was put to sleep by a vet because he bit their daughter.

Miss Ellis believed her pet had been on a trial visit with the family when it died.

She claimed to have arranged to pick up the pup on learning of the attack, but ‘miscommunication’ resulted in Bruno being taken to the vet and destroyed before she could get there.

The family claimed they paid £90 for Bruno and owned the dog when it was put down.

Miss Ellis said her dog died ‘for no reason’ and was microchipped to her ownership.

She said: “When I had Bruno not once did he show any aggression to any of my family or any of my friends.

“He was brought up with children as I have two nephews, aged two and five.

“After hearing the allegation we had arranged to go and pick Bruno up because he was only going on a 48-hour trial.”

The family said a ‘mix-up in communication’ prompted the visit to the vet because they feared they would be left with an ‘aggressive’ dog.

The family said calls to Miss Ellis’s partner, Kori Lilley, aged 19, to collect the dog were ignored and claimed requests to rescue centres to take Bruno were refused because of his recent behaviour.

The family said: “It was a mix-up in communication. We contacted them to take the dog back and they refused.

“We thought ‘we can’t have the dog here; it attacked our daughter and neighbour’. The vet said because of its behaviour they would put it down.”

Devon and Cornwall police said the dog caused the child a ‘tiny, minor’ injury. Police said Bruno grabbed the sleeve of the family’s neighbour while the dog was on a lead.

Police advised them to contact a vet for advice, but did not have any power to order euthanasia.

The Vale Veterinary Centre, in Cullompton, where Bruno was put down, said the family signed the consent form as the owners of the dog.

A spokesman for the practice said: “We did what was right at the time. We do have our own policy.”

A spokesman for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which regulates veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, said: “Although we are unable to comment on the specific circumstances, we would recommend that any member of the public who is concerned about how an animal has been treated or the professional conduct of a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse, should contact our professional conduct department on 020 7202 0789 or profcon@rcvs.org.uk for advice, or to register a complaint.”

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