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Hillsborough family says sick puppy they bought from Craigslist has died

Pet hospital reports 70% increase in parvo cases
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Posted at 5:10 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 14:56:41-04

BRANDON, Fla. — The Czarnecki family is mourning the loss of their weeks-old puppy.

“It’s been quite the ordeal. And it’s been quite the costly ordeal,” said Angela Czarnecki, prior to the puppy's death.

They found the dog through a Craigslist post advertising cute black puppies “ready to go” with all the shots.

But Angela says before they even got home, the puppy was very sick.

A veterinarian diagnosed her with parvovirus and three other parasites.

She thinks the people that sold her the dog had to know.

“I think they were just trying to make a buck. They were trying to get rid of the puppy before the puppy died,” Angela said.

Since the pandemic, animal shelters have reported a pet adoption boom.

But COVID-19 related restrictions may have also led to a decline in pet vaccinations.

Blue Pearl Pet Hospital says that could be the reason they are seeing a 70% increase in parvo cases.

Florida does have a pet lemon-law, but its often difficult for officials to enforce it.

Still, Angela hopes to track down the people that sold her the puppy. The family never had a chance to name the puppy.

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And she hopes they didn’t sell anyone else a sick dog.

“I just find it revolting that there are people out there doing this to families," she said, prior to the puppy's death.