Dog Breeders Issue Massive Recall Of '07 Pugs

WASHINGTON, DC—Citing centuries of quality- control issues that have resulted in chronic unreliability, cascading system failures, and even total unit shutdown, the American Pug Breeders Association announced a recall Monday of all pugs produced between February 2006 and the present day.


"We apologize wholeheartedly to any and all owners of the 2007 pug," APBA director Betty McAndrews said at a press conference, standing before a table where 10 defective pugs were displayed. "While pug owners are accustomed to dog malfunction, the latest animals are prone to more problems than just the usual joint failures, overheating, seizures, chronic respiratory defects, and inability to breed without assistance. The latest model pug is simply not in any way a viable dog."

According to the APBA's online recall notice, pugs produced in the specified period are at "moderate to high risk" for convulsive respiratory failure, soft palate suppuration, corneal ulcers leading to sudden deliquescence of the eyeballs, catastrophic lung collapse, ingrown ribs, diabetes, patellar luxation, encephalitis, Lou Gehrig's pug's disease, impacted hips, neck dysplasia, tracheal fissures, morbid obesity, cranial arthritis, and leakage of the anal sacs. In addition, due to strong allergic reactions to almost all medications, 97 percent of pugs are untreatable.

Full story in The Onion

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Comment by Sharon Metcalf on August 27, 2008 at 9:55am
I've always believed that there are very few other breeds as unique as a pug. That pugs are a very ancient stock shows how resilient they are and can take an occasional recall ad now and then. They'll still be around with their adorable little pushed-in faces and cobby bodies with curly tails for many years to come.
Comment by Twirly on June 26, 2008 at 6:45am
Totally agree, Mia.

The Onion is really funny, but as you say they're not very far from the truth. There's no smoke without fire, you know.
Comment by Mia Courtney on June 23, 2008 at 10:13pm
I really believed it for a moment!! but its not far from the truth .. backyard breeders need to be shot, they breed and breed until the female literally drops dead. Pugs are just becoming popular in Australia now, no one had one and not many people knew what they were . . the cost of a puppy is $1000 and upwards, breeders dogs to death, people who can afford them buy them as a status thing, like a designer bag, its 'trendy' to have a pug and they have no idea how to look after them, as we all know, pugs are not dogs but little people. They need special owners and they need special needs. A pug is like no other 'dog' and those buying one for trendy reasons, soon realise that 1, they cant be bothered, 2, they cost too much in vet bills, 3, they neglect the dog, and many end up neurotic and stressed out in rescue centres. Pugs are full time humans, babies, they need 24 hour companionship and they need air con, slow and infrequent walks, good food and not too much of it, they need to sleep inside, they need to sleep on their mothers/fahers bed, they need their eyes and ears careed for, their toe nails cut , as they hate it!! Molly sounds as tho she is being murdered when I try and cut her nails , and of course they dont get cut. Thevet trys to attack her nails with huge nasty looking instruments and she freaks out even more. So she will have to be sedated to her her nails cut. Its on going. If breeders dont stop cross breeding with pugs, ie coker spanials and pugs, King Charles spanials and pugs, fox terriers and pugs, labradors and pugs, the breed is going to suffer terribly, this should be stopped by our governments.. its cruel. Pugs are bcoming too trendy in this country and the dogs are suffering as a result.
Cheers, Mia and Molly
Comment by brooke & peanut on June 17, 2008 at 8:00pm
haha i love the onion & this is great!!! thanks for sharing!

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