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​Breeder Dumps Puppy Born With No Eyes And Weighing Same As Bag Of Sugar

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​Breeder Dumps Puppy Born With No Eyes And Weighing Same As Bag Of Sugar

A puppy born with no eyes and weighing just one pound was dumped by a breeder, who it is believed was trying to create a tiny dog by breeding together two runts. You can meet little Teacup below:

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The Miniature Schnauzer and Wheaten Terrier cross was brought into a rescue shelter after her breeder couldn't feed her properly, putting her in danger of malnourishment.

Born without eyes and weighing just 1lb - the same weight as a bag of sugar - the tiny dog had been so overbred she had no suckle response, meaning she couldn't even drink from a bottle.

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Rescuers are now searching for a new home for the cruelly-bred toy dog puppy, named Teacup due to her petite size.

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The Big Fluffy Dog Rescue in Nashville, Tennessee, wants to warn others about the issues behind buying toy dog breeds.

Nicole Butler, 38, is the Adoption and Foster Coordinator at the rescue centre - and has been fostering Teacup until she finds a suitable home, which must have no large dogs that could squash her, a fenced garden and no steps.

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She said: "I couldn't believe how tiny she was and I was so eager to get some food in her!

"Teacup doesn't have any pain and doesn't know that she is disabled as she has never known life with vision.

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"Nobody told her she's special so she gets along like every other happy puppy except she bumps into things from time to time and then just keeps on trucking.

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"We always say 'adopt don't shop' but people continue to keep breeders in business in spite of the mantra."

Teacup, whose mother weighed 9lbs and father 11lbs, was brought into the rescue centre at four weeks on 27 March by her breeder, from Georgia.

Butler continued: "She was freshly groomed but she was not getting enough food as the breeder was using a blue ear suction bulb to squirt food into her mouth.

"It seems she was treated well but the lady was just not trained or prepared for when things go wrong."

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Along with being blind, Teacup was born with her bladder adhered to her uterus, and struggles to keep herself warm because she was simply so small.

The fur around her weeping empty eye sockets also has to be cut short to prevent matting and infection.

After being fed wet puppy good and goats' milk formula through a syringe, the 18-week-old puppy now weights 5.2lbs - although isn't expected to grow above 8lbs in adulthood due to the way she was bred.

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Credit: SWNS

Butler explained: "What they do is take runts, aka the smallest ones, from previous litters and breed them together to create an even smaller 'Teacup' or 'Toy' size.

"Runts can sometimes have issues of their own so breeding two of them together seems very counterintuitive to me, but toy breeds make the public at large swoon and I'm sure they bring big bucks.

"Sadly money is all that matters to so many of these breeders and not the health, temperament and overall integrity of the bloodline."

Donations to Teacup - who is still looking for her forever home - and the Big Fluffy Dog Rescue can be made at https://bigfluffydogs.com/donate/.

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Topics: News, US News, Animals, Dogs

Jess Hardiman
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