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RSPCA raid for killer dog-virus


Yet another reason puppy factories MUST be closed down and the public made aware of where puppies in pet shops come from…..


Vet records show three puppies from Pets Paradise stores have fallen ill with parvo in the past three months.

Vet records show three puppies from Pets Paradise stores have fallen ill with  parvo in the past three months. Photo: David Tease

THE RSPCA has raided a puppy factory in Victoria’s east as part of an  investigation into the source of a deadly disease outbreak in Melbourne pet  stores.

The highly contagious canine parvovirus – which causes bloody dysentery and  kills about half the dogs infected – has claimed the lives of at least six pups  over the past two months from two pet store chains.

Vet records show three puppies from Pets Paradise stores have fallen ill with  parvo in the past three months.

The first case was a cavoodle-cross puppy that died in early June, a week  after purchase from Pets Paradise Southland.    The second  was a boxer puppy  bought in late May from Pets Paradise at Eastland shopping centre and the third   a German shepherd-cross puppy bought from Pets Paradise Southland in July.

Breeder Raymond Holmes, of Maffra, is under investigation by the RSPCA after  being linked to at least one of the three puppies from the Pets Paradise shops  that died.

The managing director of another pet store, Passion for Pets’ Chris  Blackwood,  said seven puppies at his Carrum Downs store had been infected by a  sick litter that arrived from  Mr Holmes in mid-June. Three died.

Mr Blackwood said Passion for Pets had been decontaminated but it was more  difficult for breeders to rid their facilities of the disease because the virus  could last  up to one year.    He said when the first puppy had tested positive  for parvo, ”we just went into total shutdown and started isolating”.

Mr Blackwood said as a result of the outbreak, Passion for Pets had stopped  dealing with Mr Holmes, who had provided    ”about 30” puppies over the past  six years.

RSPCA and council rangers raided Mr Holmes’ property at  Riverslea, near  Maffra, on Friday, where the RSPCA executive manager of animal services, Helen  Cocks, said, ”it was suspected the parvo pups had come from”.

She said the RSPCA had not found evidence of parvo, but had concerns that the  cement flooring was cold and draughty in Mr Holmes’ ”puppy factory”, which  held about 30 dogs.

Wellington Shire manager Paul Holton confirmed no parvo had been detected at  the site, registered for two years.    When contacted yesterday, Mr Holmes said:  ”I don’t know anything” and hung up.

Omar El-Hissi, legal counsel for Pets Paradise, said the stores did not deal  with Mr Holmes, but refused to answer questions about when the relationship had  been discontinued, saying: ”We cannot release any further information regarding  who the relevant breeders are due to the privacy legislation.”

Mr El-Hissi said that all customers were provided with a health guarantee  that required the customer to attend a vet within 48 hours of purchase.

”It is unfortunate that the puppy [purchased from Southland in May] passed  away and we have, in good faith, despite the customer’s failure to comply with  the obligation to attend the vet for a check-up within 48 hours, refunded the  full purchase price and subsequent veterinary expenses incurred and documented  by the customer.”

Epidemic-tracking website diseasewatchdog.org shows 24 cases of parvovirus  have been reported by Victorian vets  over the past three months.




Author: Fabulous Fur Friends

My name is Kylie and I am passionate about animals and their welfare. My husband and I live in Bendigo, Australia and live with our three dogs - Rupie, Billie and Chelsea - all rescue dogs. I enjoy writing and aim to share health and welfare issues and updates as well as some short stories.

4 thoughts on “RSPCA raid for killer dog-virus

  1. I think it really is time to stop supporting puppy farms by banning the sale of dogs and puppies in pet stores and the outbreak of parvo is another reason why I think this way. There have been a few outbreaks of parvo in our area, the poor little puppies don’t stand a chance and it contaminates the environment making it dangerous for other dogs that visit that environment.

  2. Another reason why our Mummy signs any petitions regarding UK puppy farm banning and her Aunt took on two ex-puppy farm breeding dogs from a rescue.


  3. Tell your Mummy she is a good Hooman for signing the petitions and you’ve got a great Aunt for giving the two doggies fabulous new homes. There are lots of good people in the world who more than make up for the bad ones. xx

  4. Just a quick follow up to this story – the company who owns the Pets Paradise pet shops has been put into receivership. We hope that pressure will now be put on puppy farmers who were supplying pets to the shops and that they too will be forced to stop their horrific businesses. People power and recent publicity about what really goes on has contributed to this positive outcome. The Power Is In Our Hands!

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