I haven’t seen this kind of blue journalism in quite a while! Let’s start with the subtitle. This twit bought a four-week-old puppy for God’s sake! Four weeks! At that age there’s not much ANY puppy can kill other than a pan of softened dog food! From the sound of this you might have thought he bought a dog with the blood of a hundred dogs on it!
And then he falls for the owner taking the mother near a bunch of chickens and getting excited. Hello! The mother probably hadn’t eaten well since, well, ever and here she was coming off nursing puppies. Under those circumstances I would be attacking live chickens!
If the reporter for the Mirror wants to redeem his humanity, turn all the information, including names and addresses, over to the RSPCA and let them rescue these poor dogs!
Hey, I’m a writer, I understand writing things that sell so you can make the rent or mortgage. But this piece of journalistic effluvia is just so far beyond the Pale it couldn’t see it in the rear view mirror!
Meanwhile, a pox on the men who run this horrific puppy mill and may they suffer ten torments of the damned!
PITBULL FOR SALE
After just three phone calls, we buy a killer dog for 525
By Jon Clements, Crime Correspondent
THE Daily Mirror today exposes the illegal internet trade in potentially lethal pitbull terrier dogs.
We bought a pitbull less than 24 hours after answering a coded advert from an underground breeder on a classifieds website.
It took just three phone calls before we handed over 525 for the four-week-old pup.
It was the same breed as the dog that mauled five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson to death at her gran’s home in St Helens, Lancs, on New Year’s Day.
Our investigator met the man, whose name is known to the Mirror, at a hotel car park off the M1 yesterday morning.
We were led to his smallholding where his “pure American Staffs” – a known code for pitbulls – were being kept in a box.
When we told the man, who is in his 30s, we were looking for a “good fighting dog” he replied: “Well these are really good dogs.”
Twenty minutes later we bought the dog and promised to call back if our friends were impressed with it.
When we called back we said we wanted to buy more but were not convinced the dog was a “full bred pitbull”.
The man said: “No, no, no … they are 100 per cent full bred, 100 per cent they are, I know they are definitely. There is nothing else in them at all.”
Our investigator asked if the mother of the seven pups was a pure bred pitbull terrier.
He replied: “Hundreds per cent she is … the grandmother for that was imported, 100 per cent pit she is, I guarantee that. The father has got all the paperwork.”
Under the Dangerous Dogs Act it is illegal to possess a pitbull without a certificate of exemption, which is granted only if the dog is neutered and microchipped for identification. The Act also banned selling and importing them.
We made contact with the man after spotting his coded advert on popular website classified.co.uk.
It stated: “Blue brindle, blue fawn, pure American staffs sired by clashes buster blue import mother blue fawn 2 boys 3 girls really nice pups big and chunky will be 22/23 inch when adult very athletic type personal protection dogs will be real head turners the real old tyme type not the usual rubbish not to be missed deposits now being taken no withheld numbers please.”
The illegal breeder took many precautions before meeting us, refusing to disclose his address and telling us to call him when we were near Luton, Beds, on the M1.
Twenty minutes after making contact he and another man arrived at a hotel car park driving a silver Volkswagen Golf. When the man met our investigator he seemed edgy, briefly shaking hands. Both were highly suspicious and ordered our man to remove his coat and at one point asked: “Are you a cop?”
But after accepting assurances the man got in his car and led the way down country lanes to the plot of land he said he shared with his parents.
He took us to a shack and unscrewed the lid to a 4ft by 3ft wooden box. Inside were five pups.
Picking one up he said: “It is really tough, it will make a good guard dog.”
Inside the house our investigator sat down to negotiate with the man, his nephew and several associates.
At first the man was extremely suspicious – he relaxed only when we showed him we had the money to buy one of the dogs.
He and his nephew squabbled about the price they should accept before showing us the mother of the litter.
As the man led the bitch out, around 30 large cockerels and chickens kept in wire mesh cages in the back yard squawked in panic while the dog strained on the leash to get near them.
He told us: “She would kill them all if she got near to them, I know she would.”
We immediately took the pup to a Luton vet to ensure it had not been maltreated and was in good health. The puppy was last night being cared for by Luton borough council.
Later when we confronted the man he denied selling us a pitbull terrier, insisting: “No, no, I’ve advertised them as American Staffs and that’s what they are.”
Asked why he had assured our investigator they were pitbull terriers, he said: “I didn’t hear your friend call them pits.”
Newspapers refuse to accept adverts for pitbulls so breeders and dogfighters have invented a code to let potential buyers and sellers know what they are looking for.
This year the Pet Advertising Advisory Council issued a list of secret terms for pitbulls. They included “old thyme”.
The Mirror will pass its information to the police if requested.
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