A Westminster lady has began a petition after her beloved kitten Ghost died as a result of a hereditary coronary heart illness which was solely found after she arrived dwelling.
Dianna Voyatzis, 23, bought Ghost, a gray tabby, for £400 on Gumtree throughout the first lockdown in April, although was shocked when her mother and father introduced dwelling a unique kitten than the long-haired tabby the vendor had despatched images of.
Nevertheless, the Maida Vale resident felt an on the spot connection and bonded with Ghost, making the choice to maintain the kitten regardless of the alarm bells.
Dianna stated: “I used to be too ailing to choose up the kitten as I had MRSA on my arm. When my household introduced Ghost dwelling, I observed immediately it was the fallacious kitten. She appeared fully totally different.
“I didn’t say something to the breeder at first, as a result of she was such a particular kitten. I immediately bonded along with her and I fell in love along with her immediately.”
On account of being at excessive threat of the virus, Dianna was unable to take Ghost for her routine vaccinations as early as she would have appreciated, although the vet reassured Dianna that Ghost could be protected indoors.
When she was capable of take Ghost to the vets, Dianna was devastated to be advised that the kitten had a coronary heart situation and was given simply days to reside, leaving the household heartbroken.
“After we took her for her routine vaccinations the vet stated: ‘I’m actually sorry however I can’t vaccinate her as a result of she’s received a coronary heart murmur’,” stated Dianna.
“We took her to a different vet and after they drained the fluid from her abdomen it was per coronary heart failure, and so they gave Ghost two days to 2 weeks to reside.
“I simply couldn’t imagine it. Ghost gave the impression to be fully nice. She by no means confirmed any signs of being unwell.”
Dianna did every little thing in her energy to save lots of Ghost, taking her to the Royal Veterinary School, who finally determined to not function on the kitten as a result of stunted progress attributable to the guts failure.
Simply days in a while the 7th December, Dianna was as a result of take Ghost to the Davis Veterinary Specialists in Luton to appropriate the valve in her coronary heart, however the kitten didn’t make it by way of the night time.
Dianna stated: “The following day we have been taking her to the Davis Veterinary Specialists in Luton, as a result of there are solely three clinics in Europe that may present the remedy.
“The appointment was at 9am and he or she died at 5:13am, so we have been a matter of hours away from taking her.”
After Ghost’s passing, Dianna tried to make contact with the breeder looking for solutions, although the vendor ignored all communication.
“We knew that one thing wasn’t proper, however it wasn’t till after Ghost died that we contacted him,” stated Dianna.
“Trying again now there are such a lot of issues that went fallacious. He marketed underneath a unique title and the one means we discovered his actual title was by way of the financial institution switch; he didn’t allow us to come to his home and he gave us the fallacious kitten.”
Decided to make use of Ghost’s story as a car for optimistic change, Dianna began a petition named ‘Ghost’s regulation’, which has obtained over 9,000 signatures, and goals to make sure veterinary checks are necessary earlier than a kitten may be bought on-line.
Dianna stated: “Ghost was nonetheless alive once I began the petition. Now once I give it some thought its extra about leaving a legacy for her.
“I do know it’s not going to eliminate each dishonest breeder on this planet however at the least it’ll increase consciousness. That’s all I would like. I don’t need anybody else to undergo what I’ve gone by way of.
“Throughout lockdown lots of people have been exploited by these folks and it’s simply not proper. I’ve had so many individuals message me saying the identical factor has occurred to them.”
Dianna’s petition to implement Ghost’s regulation would require a authorities response as soon as it reaches 10,000 signatures.
Anybody who desires to help the petition can achieve this by clicking here.