National pet charity Blue Cross comment on death of Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury's puppy Mr Chai
The current laws do not go far enough to protect pets and people.
Kelly Grellier, Director of Rehoming Services at national pet charity Blue Cross, said: “We’re saddened to hear about the death of Mr Chai, sadly his case reflects the huge gamble people face when buying pets online and especially from abroad.
“People can become fixated on having certain ‘trendy’ breeds, but we’d urge them to really do their research and to consider rescuing a pet due to their personality, not just based on their looks.
“Teams at our hospitals and rehoming centres face the painful reality when critically ill pets sold by irresponsible breeders and dealers arrive at our doors, but suffering doesn’t discriminate between those puppies bought illegally or legally.
“The current laws do not go far enough to protect pets and people, the only way to stem the flow of suffering for animals like Mr Chai is if we introduce an effective registration and licensing system and ensure it is properly enforced.”