Manchester-based rescue center Dogs 4 Rescue has made a heartbreaking plea for people to get their dogs vaccinated after the tragic death of one of their packs.
The kennel-free shelter shared yesterday that Staffordshire Bull Terrier Sophie died with parvovirus after a stay with emergency vets.
Parvo is a relatively common virus in dogs in the UK, but pets can be protected from it with vaccinations.
Dogs 4 Rescue has urged people to follow reminders and shots, warning of increasing pressure on vets after the lockdown.
They say the puppy boom during lockdown may be partly responsible for the rise in Parvo cases.
Sophie couldn’t get vaccinated until she finished her medication, and the shelter thinks she may never have been vaccinated.
The charity added that ‘beautiful’ Sophie had an ‘old body and a weak immune system’ which left her unable to fight off the deadly virus and an infection.
The employee’s name had been changed once she was picked up by Dogs 4 Rescue to give her a fresh start.
She had been placed in a special foster family.
They said the death of the ‘wonderful little dog’ left them all ‘beyond devastated’, especially the volunteer who looked after her.
You can find out more about Dogs 4 Rescue and donate at dogs4rescue.co.uk.
Dogs 4 Rescue Full Statement
We are heartbroken to announce the loss of beautiful Sophie at 3am yesterday morning.
Rescued from the pound just a few weeks ago, she had been in the veterinary emergency room since Wednesday trying to fight the infection.
She had parvovirus and her old body and weakened immune system were unable to cope with this most brutal infection.
Unfortunately, Sophie arrived at the pound with chronic skin problems due to neglect and could not be vaccinated until she finished her course of steroids.
She had had such a bad past that her name had been changed to give her a fresh start.
Her age and the likelihood that she has never been vaccinated, as well as the steroids, put her at increased risk.
But after the lockdown and because of the puppy boom, there has been a huge rise in parvovirus in the UK – pushing vets to their limits.
Devastatingly Sophie was in special foster care with our lovely Jess who is beyond devastated just like us.
Not too long ago Jess lost her beautiful old Maz which a member of staff saved from us and she knew as soon as she saw the first picture of Sophie that she was the special someone who could help heal his heart.
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We send her all our love and thanks for giving Sophie the love and care she had never known. She was such a wonderful little dog, so happy with her new life.
The loss of Sophie has hit us all hard, but we must continue our resolve to save as many unwanted employees as possible. And love them as much as we loved Sophie.
Please get your dogs vaccinated and follow their reminders. It’s not just puppies that need protection.
Ranchers and those who support them cause so much trouble and Sophie was among the vulnerable people caught up in it all.
Thanks to the lovely vets at Animal Trust Bolton who took such good care of her and tried everything and kept us updated. We will love you forever Sophie.
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