Gosforth family delighted as quarantined puppy returns home

A Shih Tzu puppy, quarantined as a rabies risk, has been returned to her family in Gosforth

Finlay Murray with Boo
Finlay Murray with Boo

A dog quarantined as a rabies risk has been returned to her family.

Brothers Finlay and Fergus Murray had been left devastated last month when their new Shih Tzu pup had to be quarantined after the family discovered she was a potential rabies risk.

But three weeks on, Boo is back in the loving arms of her family and happier than ever.

“She’s doing really well and is looking so healthy,” said mum Alice, of Gosforth in Newcastle. “The boys were so excited to have her back and luckily had the day off so they could play with her all day.

“Now it is just about trying to get her back to the stage we were at with house training.

“She has had all her injections now and will be able to go outside in a week. The vet has no concerns any more,” added Alice.

Finlay and Fergus Murray with Boo
Finlay and Fergus Murray with Boo

Last month the family were left in shock when they took Boo to get her parvovirus injections and were told she may have been smuggled into the region. The vet at Pets at Home in Kingston Park spotted the warning signs that Boo had been illegally brought into the country and did not appear to have the required rabies shot.

After only having had their pup a week, the family were forced to say goodbye immediately as officials from the DEFRA quarantine centre in Chesterfield were called in.

“The whole thing is going to go on and on and we have had to give witness statements,” said Alice, who lives with husband Brian and their two sons Fergus, 12, and Finlay, nine.

Alice thought she had done all her research when she bought Boo from a couple in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland.

She said she was told the dogs were from a Kennel Club-registered bitch but they did not have the papers because the male dog was not. “We are just glad she is back now,” said Alice.


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