Samantha Garvey, the RSPCA’s chief inspector for Essex, said the animals were killed by suspected parvovirus – a highly contagious disease that causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration.
Donia Youssef (right) with Cookie (left) who is three quarters Boston Terrier with a bit of French bulldog and Chihuahua, from Grays, Essex (Picture: ITCHPet).Archer (left), the Chow Chow, and Andy (right), from Sheffield (Picture: The Kennel Club) Do you have a doppleganger pet?
Symptoms include lethargy and vomiting, with dogs also likely to have lesions or ulcers on their tongues or lower limbs (Picture: Wessex News) It affects dogs of all types and ages (Picture: Wessex News)Since the disease reached Britain from America in 2012, the highest number of deaths have been in Greater Manchester, Dorset and the New Forest in Hampshire.
Isla Williams had been trying to stroke the dog (Picture: Wessex News)A two-year-old girl was nearly blinded during a family day out after a dog lunged for her face, narrowly missing her eye. The dog lunged for her face (Picture: Wessex News).
Vets warn more pets being imported is likely to increase infection rates (Picture: Getty)Earlier this year an English Pointer who never left Essex developed leishmaniasis, with vets believing his owners could have brought sand flies back from spain in their luggage.
Sadly, when the owner’s health began to fail, Rocco’s own fate took a turn for the worse, leaving him to eventually have be taken in by the RSPCA Essex South, Southend and District branch earlier this month.
Mother dog Lily feeding stolen puppies (Image: Essex Police/Mark Orley)Knife-wielding robbers held up Mark Orley’s teenage son at the family home and escaped with the two litters of puppies – seven French bulldogs and four dachshunds – sparking fears they will now die in the wrong hands.Mr Orley says the newly born dachshunds are too young to be taken from their mother as they have not been weaned.One of the dog raiders managed to trick the teenager into opening the door by turning up in a high-vis jacket and pretending to be from a utility company.