Posted 3 months ago
Meet the puppy who was rescued from illegal smugglers after being crammed in the back of a van, terrified and covered in engine oil.
Poor Peggy is just one of many puppies who has been illegally and dangerously smuggled into the UK by irresponsible breeders to meet the pandemic dog demand.
She was discovered trapped inside a van covered in dangerous amounts of toxic engine oil, which turned her white fur dark grey.
The pup was forced to travel in these unsafe conditions for more than 24 hours – and almost didn’t make it.
Thankfully, she was saved by a team at Dogs Trust and is now said to be safe and enjoying puppyhood alongside her siblings.
Exposure to large amounts of petrol can cause serious illness in dogs and even death.
That’s why Dogs Trust, which opened its first clinic offering free treatment in Bethnal Green in 1926, sent her to receive emergency care at the vets.
A spokesperson at Dogs Trust told TeamDogs: “She urgently needed our help to survive.
“The oil in her fur was so thick that it had to be shaved.
“To keep her warm, we put her in jumpers and gave her cosy bedding and blankets to snuggle in.”
The team say Peggy is one of the ‘lucky’ ones who managed to escape illegal breeders – but sadly the same can’t be said for many others.
They have been raising awareness of illegal dealers after the demand for dogs and puppies soared during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement on Dogs Trust’s Instagram reads: “At what has been such a difficult time, many people have understandably sought the comfort of a four-legged companion.
“However, illegal smugglers and irresponsible breeders are seeing this as opportunity to make huge profit by smuggling puppies into the country to sell onto the unsuspecting public.
“And sadly, it’s dogs like Peggy who are paying the price.
“Peggy was found crammed in the back of a van, terrified and covered in engine oil. Forced to travel like this for over 24 hours, she urgently needed our help to survive.
“We set to work straight away on easing Peggy’s discomfort with veterinary treatment.
“Thanks to the support of people like you, Peggy is finally happy, healthy, safe and enjoying her puppyhood like she should.”
Dogs Trust have launched their Dog Demand Appeal to help change the tale for innocent puppies like Peggy.