Current and former pet owners are speaking out after numerous puppies purchased from a vendor at Trails End Market recently came home sick with a possibly fatal virus.
At least seven people came forward to local animal rescue group Kismutt Rescue after an outbreak of parvovirus was reported from puppies purchased at the Cedar Lane Puppies booth at Trails End on Dundas Street. At least three puppies died as a result of the virus.
All seven say they recently bought puppies for anywhere from $350 to $600. The owners then reported having slow and lathagetc animals once they arrived home, which is a symptom of parvo.
Parvo is a highly contagious viral illness that leads to vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and lack of appetite in canines. Most cases of parvo occur in dogs between the ages of six weeks and six months old. Proper vaccinations “radically” reduces the chances of it cropping up in dogs later on.
When Kismutt Rescue’s Kimberly Thomas initially heard about the breakout, she posted to her Facebook page asking for other cases. She soon had several people come forward with similar cases connected to Cedar Lanes.
“Only one in ten puppies survive parvo — it’s a very deadly virus,” she told AM980.
One of those people to come forward was Dylan Gray. He said he was walking around the market on Oct. 8th when he spotted a Yorkie at the Cedar Lanes booth. As soon as he took the dog home, he noticed “Charlie” (pictured above) was becoming sluggish.
Gray took the dog to the veterinarian almost a week later. After spending over $4,000 on treatment and other costs, he was forced to put the dog down.
“The fourth day he was in treatment, I asked the vet what kind of pain he [the dog] was feeling. I think the vet’s exact words were ‘he’s probably going through hell,'” Gray said. “We had decided whatever the cost would be we would do whatever we could to bring him home…we spent quite a bit of time with tears in our eyes.”
Cedar Lanes was not at the market on Saturday. Trails End officials say it was their decision to keep them from the market. When asked for comment, Cedar Lanes officials said it was in the “OSPCA’s hands.”
Thomas posted to her page Friday saying that the OSPCA was at the residence of Cedar Lane and “allegedly ‘shut her down’ for selling puppies for one week.”
Trails End organizers said Cedar Lanes has been a vendor at the market for about seven years.
Cedar Lane declined to comment, but did release a statement saying that those who went to a vet to get their dog treated voided a 14-day warranty where they could return the puppy for a full refund or be treated at their facility for free.
“We explain the health record with each pup sale and tell them if they have any questions or concerns to please contact us. It is not any different than anything else that you would purchase with a warranty, you go back to where you purchased it.
“To the readers, customers, and friends that we have met over the years, it is one of those things that is not in your control and hits you like a train,” Cedar Lanes concluded. Their full statement can be found here.