Chronicle Herald it says that at least 3 of the puppies Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey sold to the unsuspecting public died of parvo - this was revealed by testing of the dead puppies at the vet college in PEI.
Gail Benoit and Dana Bailey are strongly denying the charge - saying that they were healthy when they were sold and that the media should be focusing on the puppy millers - they only buy and sell puppies - THEY'RE not the bad guys.
The problem with parvo is that it's HIGHLY contagious. If you bring in one puppy who gets parvo - the area that puppy lives in becomes contaminated with the disease - and the area he lives in is contaminated with the disease for UP TO ONE YEAR. There's a very stringent protocol on how to clean an area that a contaminated dog has been in. It's suggested that if you get a puppy who's had puppy - you don't bring another animal into your home for another year - the disease can live that long.
When a shelter or a foster home gets parvo - the jig is up - it's a VERY serious situation. The whole place is shut down immediately, every animal is shipped out, the place is quarantined - it's very bad news. Parvo kills.
When I heard that one of the people who had gotten a dead dog from the Benoit's had gotten a replacement puppy just a couple days after having received the dead dog - I was mortified - the first thought that always comes into my mind when I hear about Gail Benoit and dead dogs is always parvo - and I was worried that this lady was just going to pass on the disease to her new healthy puppy. It sounds like she's beaten the odds and her new puppy is still healthy - so all is good there - but parvo is very bad.
Anyway - here's the story - and it's interesting - we've learned some new things here - with #1 being that the Benoit's use photocopied vet records to try and make their puppies look legitamite. That's pretty neat. We hadn't heard that before.