Two alleged puppy farmers were part of a gang who took huge sums from families in return for gravely ill animals, it has been claimed.
Tom and Ellie Mongan are said to be key members of a gang of Irish puppy farmers who have brought misery to hundreds of families.
The pair, understood to have based themselves in different rental flats to escape detection, are accused of taking huge sums from families for gravely ill puppies.
The Mongans and their associates are said to have made hundreds of thousands of pounds in recent weeks, leaving a trail of misery in their wake, the Daily Record reports.
It comes after an animal charity was inundated by complaints from people who spent more than £1,000 on dogs, only to be hit with huge vet bills and then the loss of their pet.
The Record revealed how Irish sellers concocted wild stories to avoid having to present pups with their mothers in family homes.
Tom Mongan 27, and wife Ellie, 28, are accused of bringing over dogs in ferries and selling them at cut prices on Gumtree.
Sources have reportedly told how they then clear out to other properties – turning off “burner” mobile phones and leaving victims to pick up the pieces.
The Scottish SPCA has revealed that a raid on one rented flat resulted in eight pups being seized – and four being so ill they had to be put to sleep.
The charity claims the latest rash of puppy farm activity is among the worst they have ever witnessed.
The pups – believed to be connected to the Mongan family – suffered from parvovirus and other conditions associated with being taken from their mothers at too young an age.
The Scottish SPCA special investigations unit swooped at the flat in Ibrox but it is believed the Mongans moved around various other rented flats.
In response to the tragedies, a Facebook page has been created to warn of the Irish sellers.
One member who posted about the Mongans said: “These two sold my cousin a puppy who nearly died. They advertise it’s an unwanted pet then get an Airbnb in Toryglen.”
He asked for people to post a photo of the pair “far and wide”, writing: “Has anyone bought a springer spaniel pup from one of these two people in Glasgow in the last week?
“We paid a lot of money but the wee pup is in the vet fighting for her life after contracting parvovirus and I can’t get hold of them.
“I‘ve spoken to the vet on the vaccination papers and they are in Dublin but the two pictured are in Belfast.
“And the pups were sold from a flat in Glasgow which is a holiday home.
“I want this out there because they’ll do it again and there is a strong chance the rest of the litter will have the disease.”
Another seller reportedly identified by Record readers is Paddy McDonagh, who also came from Belfast to sell pups. He sold a border collie to one family, who found the electronic chip and jab records were falsified.
The buyer said: “We weren’t sure about handing over money because we didn’t see the mother but were told a lot of rubbish about how the mother was aggressive when people were handling her pups.
“But when we checked with the vet they said handled all the paperwork we found out it was fake and the chip didn’t match up with the database.”
When the Record used the number supplied to the puppy buyer via the Gumtree advert, McDonagh answered the phone.
Despite the buyer identifying him and his wife from social media profiles, McDonagh said: “I have never been in Glasgow selling dogs. I’m a Christian and I’d never do anything like that.”
Tom and Ellie Mongan had deleted their Facebook profiles yesterday.
The Record’s revelations that rented flats are being used to sell hundreds of badly treated pups has prompted an urgent warning by Scotland’s consumer advice service.
Advice Direct Scotland, urged people considering buying a puppy to carry out extensive research before agreeing to a deal, and to thoroughly check out the person making the sale.