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Reality of imported pups: Horrifying conditions…

WITH his cute button nose and fluffy teddy bear appearance, Love Island stars Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague couldn’t help but fall head-over-heels when welcoming their new puppy earlier this month.
But tragically just six days later, the couple were left “heartbroken and shocked” when the imported Pomeranian pup – a birthday present for Molly named Mr Chai – tragically died.
11 Molly-Mae’s puppy Mr Chai died just six days after she got himCredit: Splash NewsThe pup’s death caused Love Island fans to start a petition to end the controversial trade of getting dogs shipped in from Russia, where puppies are often farmed in horrendous conditions then sold for thousands and shipped to Britain.
Speaking to The Sun Online, RSPCA Chief Inspector Ian Briggs said: “It is heartbreaking for any owner to lose a beloved pet. We always urge any prospective owners to do their research, see the puppy with its mother and not to buy an imported puppy. 
“Buying an imported pup leaves new owners open to the very real risk they are supporting cruel puppy farming, with the parents kept in awful conditions, used as breeding machines with sick and dying pups  – and there is no real way of checking.”
11 Molly and Tommy were left heartbroken at the loss of their beloved new pupCredit: Instagram11 Experts have advised against buying imported pets, who’ve travelled thousands of miles at a young ageCredit: RSPCAWhile there’s no evidence Mr Chai – who was purchased from a third party breeder – came from a puppy farm, Molly has since admitted she wouldn’t opt to buy a pet from overseas again, saying: “If we had the time again we would have got a dog from the UK or got a rescue dog from the UK.”
Here, The Sun Online investigates the problems with buying and importing overseas pets, and takes a closer look at why it increases the risk of buying an animal that has been cruelly farmed.
11 Buying an imported puppy means there could be a higher risk they were born on a puppy farm like this oneCredit: RSPCACelebs offered free puppies ‘like they’re a pair of shoes’ 
Mr Chai was shipped into the UK by a puppy company who have denied any wrongdoing.
But several other former Love Island stars who’ve purchased dogs from the company have said following Molly and Tommy’s announcement, they wouldn’t use her again.
Laura Anderson, 29 – didn’t have any issues with her puppy but has since said she wouldn’t recommend buying from the breeder.
11 Laura Anderson has since said she wouldn’t recommend the breederCredit: InstagramTaking to Instagram Olivia Attwood, 26, said: “Since I came out of Love Island I’ve literally had breeder
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