Molly-Mae urges people to avoid importing pets after her dog's heartbreaking death
- Bang Showbiz
- 30 December 2020
'Love Island' star Molly-Mae Hague urges people to avoid importing their pets after her dog's devastating death earlier this year
Molly-Mae Hague has urged people to avoid importing their pets after her dog's devastating death.
The former 'Love Island' star was left heartbroken after her Pomeranian Mr. Chai – who was bought from Russia – died earlier this year just days after bringing him home, and it turned out the animal had been born with enlarged internal organs and part of his brain exposed.
She told The Sun newspaper: "If we had our chance again, we wouldn’t have imported from Russia.
"The autopsy results showed that his skull wasn’t fully developed and he didn’t have a white blood cell left in his body...
"If we had the time again, we’d have a dog from the UK.”
Molly was gifted the four-legged friend by her boxer boyfriend Tommy Fury for her 21st birthday in May, but after the dog suddenly died, the pair paid for a fast-track autopsy to understand what went wrong.
She previously insisted: "Chai's skull wasn't fully developed. Part of his brain was exposed. In a tiny dog, any knock probably wasn't very helpful.
"Whilst we completely understand everyone's opinions about being shipped over from Russia, what you need to understand is that is not what made him die."
Breeder Tiffany Puppies said they were shocked by the death as Mr Chai was a "healthy, beautiful pup", and noted such an incident had "never happened before" because they only work with "reputable breeders".
They said in a statement: "I only work with trusted people and have a small network of reputable breeders who care for their dogs to the very highest standards and see animals as part of their family.
"I have rigorous processes in place to check animal health and the suitability of forever homes providing support and guidance for health and wellbeing throughout.
"I have worked with dogs my entire life and this has never happened before."