The founder of Lucy's Law Marc Abraham has called for an investigation into the death of Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury's puppy.
The Love Island couple were left devastated after announcing on Wednesday, 3 June, that their Pomeranian dog Mr Chai had tragically died due to a seizure and a host of neurological issues, just six days after being imported from Russia.
In a video posted on YouTube, Molly-Mae and Tommy, both 21, explained that an autopsy on the puppy revealed that he had enlarged organs, a low white blood cell count, which meant he couldn't fight infections, and an under-developed skull.
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Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury's dog Mr Chai dies six days after bringing him home
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The pair, who recently hit back at cruel claims they "killed" their dog, bought the dog from breeder Tiffany Puppies and Mirror Online reports that they arranged for the transfer via Amsterdam.
Now, celebrity vet Marc has said he wants an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Mr Chai's death. Marc is the founder of Lucy's Law, a legislation that stops puppy farming that came into effect in April 2020, weeks before Tommy surprised Molly-Mae with the dog.
He told the same publication: "The Government has made it quite clear that with Lucy's Law, you can't sell a puppy without it having been seen with its mum in the place where it is born.
"To have a puppy sold by an English breeder that's being imported from Russia without its mum is suspicious.
"It should be reported to the local authority and naturally this case should be investigated and a full explanation should be given by the local council."
He added: "It's essential when choosing a puppy that people first consider adopting from rescue, or if buying a pup then to always visit the breeder. Lucy's Law means that since 6 April, in England only, prospective puppy buyers should always see pup interacting with its mum in the place he/she was born and report any suspicious activity to the local authorities."
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A representative for Elena Katerova, the owner of Tiffany Puppies, shared a statement with OK! Online regarding the death of the little pup, which was also shared on her Instagram page.
Posting a montage video of the pup's short life to share her "devastation" over his death, she told her 93,700 followers: “I am truly devastated to learn about the death of Mr Chai. He was a beautiful young dog with a loving and playful temperament.
“I had watched him grow up, having regular video calls with his birth family. My heart goes out to Molly Mae and Tommy at this time.”
Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury
She continued: “Mr Chai was a healthy dog. I only work with trusted people and have a small network of reputable breeders who care for their dogs to the very highest standards and see animals as part of their family.
“I have rigorous processes in place to check animal health and the suitability of forever homes providing support and guidance for health and wellbeing throughout.
“I have worked with dogs my entire life and this has never happened before.”
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