A family were left with a £11,000 vet bill after the puppy they bought on Gumtree came with fake vaccination documents - and died of a virus just two weeks later. Jane Broomfield, 47, spotted an ad online for dog Nola and snapped the pup up, paying £550. She said she felt reassured the pet was well cared for because sellers said it came with vaccination documentation, a microchip and had been given flea and worm treatments. The mum-of-two became suspicious when the seller gave her a house number that didn't exist and met her in the street with the dog. But the family including daughter Beau 16, and son Cayden, 13, fell in love with the dog - said to be nine weeks old. Just three days later, Nola, who was sleepy and suffering with bloody diarrhoea, was taken to the out-of-hours vet, where the pooch was diagnosed with parvovirus. The potentially deadly virus is usually prevented by a vaccination, and Jane's vet confirmed the pup had worms, no chip, and the documents were likely fake. After a week of expensive procedures - totalling more than £10,000 - the pet died last Saturday (26). Devastated Jane, a mobile hairdresser from Bagshot, Surrey, is speaking out to warn others of the dangers of buying pets online. She said the seller - also called Jane - blocked her number when she told them how much the treatment cost. Jane, who also has a nine-year-old pooch called Buster, said: "It's been absolutely horrendous for me and the kids. "I cried for about a week. "I just want this sort of thing to stop, and I want to get the word out to other people, because I don't want other families to go through this. "We've all been so tearful and angry; very very angry. "It's very confusing and hard for Buster. He won't leave my side at the minute." The family spotted Nola's online ad - stating the pet was a Jack Russell cross beagle - on June 6 and picked her up a week later (13). "She was quite chirpy but she must have had the virus in her system when she arrived with us," Jane said. "It is covered in the vaccinations, so if they had done them she would have been ok." Showing signs of illness, the family woke up every 15 minutes to check on Nola through the night. They took the pet to the vet on June 16, and the next day discovered Nola likely had no vaccinations, wasn't the breed advertised, and was likely much younger. They began treatment for parvovirus - a highly infectious disease which attacks cells in a dog's intestines and stops them from being able to absorb vital nutrients. Nola was given pellets to help her gut, blood transfusions from dogs, plus a human-blood transfusion, to try and raise her protein levels. The team gave fluids, antibiotics anti-sickness meds and pain relief too. Jane said one of the breeders offered her cash when she told him Nola was sick. But she claims they blocked her number when she told them how much the treatment cost. Nola went to an intensive care vet team on June 19, and died a week later (26). Jane has taken on extra work cleaning to find money to pay the vet bills. A friend started a fundraiser to help pay for the treatment: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-nola-the-puppy-recover-from-parvovirus This video was filmed within June 2021.
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