According to the Mirror, Katie’s youngest daughter Bunny, five, found Rolo dead while her mum was ‘packing bags’ in another room. The 42-year-old reportedly called breeders JRC Bullies to tell them what happened, with a spokesperson for the breeders telling the paper: ‘We are heartbroken that this has happened as we told Katie not to leave a small puppy on its own.
‘We can’t believe that the puppy was left unattended as we had left strict instructions.’A number of posts shared on Twitter have tagged RSPCA, criticising Katie for her treatment of animals.
Two of Price’s dogs have previously died – her pet Queenie was run over by a pizza delivery van, while in February, her Alsatian Sparkle was hit by a car.
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: Dogs have wet noses because it helps to absorb scent chemicals.
One of her horses was also killed in a crash.A spokesperson for the RSPCA told Metro.co.uk: ‘This is a very sad situation. Unfortunately due to legal reasons we are unable to discuss if we have received complaints about specific people and what action may or may not have been taken.’In a post shared last night by JRC Bullies, the breeders defended their decision to gift Princess Rolo for her birthday, writing: ‘The outcome of our decision has understandably upset a lot of animal lovers, and I apologise from the bottom of my heart that you have had to read of this tragedy, but we can 100 % assure you all we did everything we could for Rolo moving in with his new family [sic].
‘Yes you might say well I shouldn’t have given the pup but once again I will explain the reason tomorrow for my decision, for now please lay of the text phone calls comments as there is no need.’
They said they would be explaining their decision in a video today.Commenting underneath JRC’s previous Instagram tribute to the pup, Katie said Rolo’s death was ‘nobody’s fault’.
The mother-of-five wrote: ‘Everyone the tragic death of my daughters puppy Rolo is absolutely nothing to do with the breeders and anybody blaming them should be ashamed of themselves.
‘The breeders are absolutely amazing look after the all the dogs and puppy’s at their home, it’s amazing, clean and professional from day one and a absolutely lovely family so stop trolling them as you are the kind of protons who need to be on the register for trolling when Harveys law is in place [sic].
Move over Rover! 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed (we’re pretty sure a large percentage also hog the blankets!)
‘It’s nobody’s fault and something that happened tragically we are all devastated about so instead of pointing fingers think of how we are all feeling so respect us all.’
Princess, who got the pup just three weeks ago, wrote on Instagram: ‘Rip baby boy I love you so much u meant everything to me miss you already.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted a rep for Ms Price for comment.