WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The local pet store, Puppies N Stuff, is being surveyed by the state.
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"If we wanted to treat him, it would be $ 5,000 and there was no guarantee he would still do it," said Samantha Mogan, after losing her puppy at 1
Often fatal to dogs, it is spread by air, water or by mouth.
Symptoms include fever, nose and eyes, coughing, vomiting and lethargy Prevented by vaccines
In 2008. and in 2017, FOX31 investigated complaints about a pet store selling sick puppies.
"Puppies have health certificates before they enter, "said Puppies N Stuff owner Sandy McDonald. "And if the vet can't take it and we do everything we can here, sometimes, once in a while, something will slip."
MacDonald says that her shop had a plague outbreak after a few Yorkshire terriers, and she arrives with the disease in late April.
She says the puppies were treated for the initial symptoms. However, the first diagnosis of the disturbance came in early June after many of the animals were in new homes. She says most of the smaller ones died and the virus spread to other dogs in the store.
"In a perfect world, no puppy will ever get sick, no baby will ever get sick, no one will ever get sick," says McDonald. "This is not a perfect world. Things are happening."
McDonald says she reported the problem after Yorkie's first diagnosis of a disorder.
McDonald told Solvers Problems that the store had been closed for cleaning for several weeks.  "Lawmakers have to do something about it. Otherwise innocent families like mine will continue to deal with similar problems," Christopher Pope says after the pug puppy he bought for his 5-year-old niece, was diagnosed with hostility after 20 days of ownership.
MacDonald maintains she sold the puppy to the pug before the deadly outbreak.
Both Magan and Pope say that they have been told that their puppies have been vaccinated against the plague.
A request for open records to the Colorado Department of Agriculture's PACFA program discloses the state inspecting Puppies N Stuff four times for four months for complaints.
In February 2019, an inspection found that McDonald was prescribing a pet to a cough dog. The same dog was not isolated.
Inspectors also found puppies without solid soil, including a chihuahua standing on a thin blanket.
The State notes that these violations have since been corrected.
PACFA will not answer questions about the pet store or run ongoing checks until its investigation is complete.
To file a pet shop complaint, visit the PACFA website.