Toward the beginning of August 2018, cops in Windsor, England pulled over a couple for an irregular movement stop. At the point when the couple halted their auto, the officers saw they had a minor Jack Russell young doggie. They told the officers they had gotten him that day on Gumtree—a British grouped promotions site. To te officers’ stun, toward the finish of the movement stop the couple passed the young doggie to them through the window. They said ‘they didn’t need him anymore.’ The couple drove off, and the cops brought the modest young doggie into their auto. He was only a month and a half old—too youthful to possibly be far from his mom. The officers conveyed the little doggie to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, a neighborhood creature shield.
The staff immediately said they would take him in, and they began providing the young dog with the love and care he needed. Staff at Battersea named the tiny puppy Buddy, and he quickly made himself at home. He spent his days playing with a tennis ball and taking naps on the workers’ laps. Despite all he had been through, Buddy was friendly and cheerful. Workers at Battersea say that, sadly, little Buddy’s story is all-too-common: “While it is shocking that Buddy had been sold on so young, it’s sadly not uncommon for dogs to be bought online and then swiftly discarded by their owners when they change their minds,” Sean Welland, rehoming and welfare manager at Battersea Old Windsor, said. Sean Welland also said that people should be sure to think twice before buying an animal online: “Buying animals online is just as easy as ordering a new pair of shoes or jeans from an internet store.
Too many people get a puppy and then decide that it’s just too much work. It’s then animal rescuers, such as Battersea, that are left to pick up the pieces.” Gumtree, the site where the couple found Buddy, was also disheartened to hear that their service had been used to sell such a young puppy. The website put out a statement that emphasized their commitment to animal welfare: “At Gumtree, we take the welfare of animals seriously and work hard to ensure our site is a safe place to rehome pets. Measures we take include educating users on how to buy pets safely and responsibly with plenty of advice on our Pets Advice Hub. As well as the RSPCA and DEFRA, we work with Pets Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) and comply with – and in some cases exceed – all of their 18 standards.”