Officers from Milton Keynes Council are desperate to trace the whereabouts of an English Bulldog puppy which could be infected with rabies.
The dog is believed to have been sold last weekend from a house in Conniburrow.
It is believed that the puppy was recently imported from Hungary and has been vaccinated too young, so potentially it is not protected from certain diseases, including – in the worst case scenario – rabies.
The dog is one of several that arrived in the country recently, but the others have been recovered and are now in quarantine. It is thought the passport with the puppy contained the wrong date of birth and is much younger than the passport suggests.
“Anyone who has recently bought an English Bulldog puppy from a seller in Milton Keynes, which has a pet passport from Hungary, is asked to contact us as soon as possible,” said Karen Ford, head of the council’s Regulatory Unit.
“We believe the dog is simply too young to have benefitted from all of its inoculations. The proper inoculation process takes a set period of time to kick in, and we think this puppy is too young to have had all of its relevant injections.
“We would urge the buyer to get in touch with us as soon as possible, so that the pup can be properly quarantined.
“I urge everyone buying imported puppies to take extra care to check they are properly vaccinated and each animal has a legitimate pet passport.
“Whilst these puppies are generally sold for a cheaper price and you might think you are getting a bargain, you risk being hit by substantial costs with quarantine fees potentially more than £1,000.”