Justine Martin's experience of purchasing an English Springer Spaniel puppy named Riley from a breeding farm quickly spiraled from joy to dismay. Initially captivated by the pup during her first visit, Martin's excitement led her to bring Riley home for $650 in late December. However, this happiness was short-lived as Riley soon exhibited troubling health issues, including fever and blood in her stool. This is reported by animal portal Wamiz.
Alarmed by these symptoms, Martin wasted no time in seeking medical attention for Riley. The puppy's condition sparked immediate concern from the veterinarian, who, upon hearing of Riley's origin from a breeding farm, reacted with visible frustration. He suspected a severe worm infestation, which was later confirmed through tests to include giardia among other ailments.
Martin's attempts to confront the breeder with Riley's health issues were met with indifference; the breeder insisted that his other dogs were healthy and unaffected. This claim quickly unraveled as another puppy from the same breeder was found to suffer from identical health problems as Riley.
The situation escalated as reports of sick puppies emerged, leading to the involvement of authorities. A total of 24 puppies were eventually rescued from the breeding farm and received the necessary medical care, thanks to a fundraising initiative led by Martin.
Despite the rocky start, Riley's story has a positive turn. The puppy has since recovered and is thriving, a testament to the resilience of the young spaniel and the care and advocacy provided by Martin.