The Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) is currently investigating a case of two corgis bought from an unauthorised seller and died within a week of coming to Singapore.
AVS is also in contact with the buyer.
Corgis were Bought from a Social Media Platform
The buyer, who was identified as Ms Chen, bought the two corgis for S$6,400 on 21 October 2022.
She purchased these corgis from an online retailer on the social media and e-commerce platform Xiaohongshu.
If you don’t know what Xiaohongshu is, just think of it as China’s very own version of Instagram.
We can literally find all sorts of things on social media, even dogs for sale.
The woman made payment for $500 first and only paid the remainder of the agreed sum after she received the two corgis.
The $6,400 sum was, amongst other things, payment for the two corgis and dog food.
The money was transferred to a Malaysian bank account registered with a company called World Pets Kennel.
“I asked if all of this was legal and (the seller) assured me that it was,” said the first-time dog owner.
A few days later, on 27 Oct, the woman received the two corgis, but not the other items she was also promised.
Nevertheless, the seller promised the woman that the other items would be delivered the next day.
Since the dog food did not arrive, the woman went to a physical pet shop to purchase the dog food.
Pet Shop Employee Discovered that the Corgis were Unwell
When brought to the pet shop, the employee said that the corgis seemed to have issues with their skin. They were also showing signs of disease, including foaming and diarrhoea.
After a visit to the vet, the woman found out they were infected with canine parvovirus, a highly contagious virus affecting dogs.
The woman tried contacting the seller, but her efforts were to no avail.
When left untreated, mortality can reach up to 91%.
The dogs were then hospitalised and given plasma transfusions, but both succumbed to their illness on 2 November 2022 and 3 November 2022, respectively. Ms Chen paid S$12,000 for the medical fees in total.
“It was very traumatising, and I could not even sleep properly,” she said.
Ms Chen also said that the seller denied responsibility and refused to compensate her and produce any documentation to back up claims that the puppies were legally imported into Singapore.
Authorities Warn S’Poreans Not to Buy Dogs from Unauthorised Sources
A corgi puppy costs at least S$5,000 each at local pet stores. Hence, Ms Chen would have thought she scored a deal by purchasing two dogs at S$6400.
However, according to AVS website, Malaysia is a category D country of export because of its rabies risk.
Dogs imported from Malaysia must have a valid vaccination against rabies at least six months before export.
They must also be quarantined in an AVS facility for 30 days before they can be released to the owner. This vaccination is usually given to puppies when they are at least 12 weeks old.
They can only reach the new owner’s home at 11 months old if everything is followed accordingly.
From 2020 to 2022, AVS received less than 10 feedback cases yearly on illegally imported dogs of various breeds.
AVS urged prospective pet owners to adopt their pets from animal welfare groups or buy them from licensed pet shops.
They should not buy pets from unknown sources, including those on online platforms, as the health status of these animals is unknown.
Yes, you can still buy your clothes and makeup online, but not pets, please.
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