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Animal rescue warns of in-breeding risk

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: March 16, 2012

  • TRAGIC: 9-week-old French Bulldog puppy Gino died over the weekend

  • TRAGIC: 9-week-old French Bulldog puppy Gino died over the weekend

  • HEARTBREAKING: Charity founders wanted to save Gino's life but veterinary surgeons discovered serious defects

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AN ANIMAL rescue charity has warned of the dangers of buying badly bred dogs, after a nine-week-old puppy with birth defects died during an operation.

French Bulldog Gino had congenital defects caused by in-breeding. He suffered from severe breathing difficulties and a collapsed larynx that made it difficult for him to sleep.

The condition is common in dogs bred with short noses.

Happy Endings Rescue in Faversham sent Gino to have an operation to widen his trachea, nostrils and repair his larynx at the Royal Veterinary College at the weekend. But Gino died on the operating table and Happy Endings have been left with a vet's bill of at least £3,000.

Happy Endings founder Chris Johns said: "We made the decision to do all we could after taking advice from our own trusted vets but we could not have known of the defect Gino was born with It was therefore left to us to make the decision to have Gino put to sleep.

"His story highlights another sad case of badly bred dogs which unfortunately seems to be something in at the moment, with breeders selling these dogs for thousands of pounds.

To donate visit www.happy endingsrescue.org or text HEAR24 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

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