The breeders who gave Katie Price and her daughter Princess a puppy have said that nobody is to blame for the pup’s tragic death.
In a lengthy Instagram Live on Friday, JRC Bullies explained how they’re ‘heartbroken’ for the family after the French bulldog passed away when it got stuck under an electric armchair.
Katie and Princess have also spoken about the sad loss, saying they’ve been ‘getting a lot of stick’ but stressing that Rolo’s death was an ‘awful, tragic accident’ and ‘the whole family is distraught.’
Tragic: The breeders of Katie Price and her daughter Princess’ dog Rolo have said that ‘nobody is to blame’ for its death and they’re ‘heartbroken’ for the family
After news of Rolo’s death broke, both Katie and the breeders received lots of angry messages from concerned animal lovers.
Speaking about the backlash on Friday, JRC Bullies said: ‘People can hammer us, people can have a crack, but at the end of the day there’s no negligence from JRC.’
They went on to add: ‘Katie’s said her piece, she’s done what she’s done, it is what it is, it’s just sad what happened to the poor pup.’
They also revealed their own emotions at Rolo’s death, with one of of them saying their ‘heart was broken’ but emphasising that ‘nobody was to blame’.
So sad: The former glamour model has also spoken candidly about the dog’s death saying it was a ‘tragic accident’ which happened after the dog got stuck under a chair
‘My hearts broken for Katie and Princess… I haven’t put no blame out to Katie, and I did blame myself at first but I’m not anymore. Nobody is to blame.’
Katie also revealed more information about what happened to little Rolo on Friday, appearing in a video with Princess on her YouTube channel.
She explained: ‘Basically I was in the other room because we’re going on holiday, packing their suitcases, and there was five people in the other room, so people saying the puppy was left, it wasn’t left at all.
‘And it just got stuck under one of the chairs… I wasn’t in the room. And I just got told that he died. It’s awful. It was an absolute freak accident. I’m still in shock’.
Devastated: Katie and Princess spoke on YouTube on Friday, saying they’ve been ‘getting a lot of stick’ and ‘the whole family is distraught’ over Rolo’s tragic death
Heartbroken: JRC Bullies, who bred Rolo, wrote on their Instagram asking people to stop sending them ‘hate comments’ (left) and also shared Katie’s message of support (right)
Speaking out: The breeders added to their statement in an Instagram Live on Friday, saying it was so sad what happened to ‘the poor pup’ but that nobody is to blame
Princess added: ‘Bunny was even there playing with him so it’s not like he was on his own.’
Katie added that she was told by a vet that what happened with the puppy was ‘really common’ and that small pups often get into small spaces and suffocate.
She also described her desperate attempts to try and save her teenage daughter’s dog’s life, saying she quickly ‘started pressing his chest’.
She said: ‘I took him to the vet straight away and he was pronounced dead, there was nothing they could do. They did say he wouldn’t have died in pain, it was quick.’
Tragedy: The reality TV star and her daughter are said to be distraught after their dog’s death
Devastated: Rolo was given to Princess (pictured together) as a gift for her 13th birthday just three weeks ago
Rolo, who was given to Princess, 13, as a birthday present last month and is the third dog of the family’s to die in tragic circumstances.
Katie said: ‘As a mum I just feel for Princess, it’s awful. I’m so upset for Princess. At the end of the day it’s poor Princess’ dog that’s gone, the whole family is distraught.’
On Thursday, Katie was criticised by animal rights activists after it was revealed how Rolo passed away.
Elisa Allen, director of animal rights group PETA, told the Mirror: ‘Katie must not be allowed to acquire any more animals.
Emotional: Princess also took to Instagram to pet a heartbreaking tribute to Rolo, saying she ‘missed him already’ along with a gallery of snaps of her pet
‘I miss him’: The devastated teen shared a gallery of snaps featuring her beloved pet, following news of his tragic death
‘At least three dogs and one horse have died on her watch in the last few years alone… her attitude is costing wonderful animals their lives.’
Dog breeders JRC Bullies also took to their Instagram page after animal lovers started questioning them about why Princess was given a dog.
They asked that people stopped sending ‘vile hatred messages’ and said they would post a video explaining why the pup had been gifted to the family on Friday.
They wrote: ‘The outcome of our decision has understandably upset a lot of animal lovers, and I apologise from the bottom of my heart that you have had to read of this tragedy, but we can 100 % assure you all we did everything we could for Rolo moving in with his new family.
Passed away: The tragedy comes just five months after Katie’s pet Alsatian Sparkle died, after she escaped from her home before being hit by a car
‘Yes you might say well I shouldn’t have given the pup but once again I will explain the reason tomorrow for my decision, for now please lay of the text phone calls comments as there is no need.
‘We are a massive family at @JRCbullies we love and devote our lives to our animals and we honestly have so much love for all the people who support us and follow us and have sent their messages in the hundreds today, thank you all so much.’
JRC Bullies also told the Mirror that they were ‘heartbroken’ and had told Katie not to leave the puppy on its own.
On Wednesday Princess shared a heartbreaking tribute to Rolo, saying she ‘missed him already’ along with a gallery of snaps of her pet.
Sweet: Katie bought little Rolo for her daughter Princess as a 13th birthday present last month, and the teen had already shared videos of her pet’s tricks on her YouTube channel
Princess penned the tribute: ‘Rip baby boy I love you so much u meant everything to me miss you already @katieprice.’
It was reported Katie bought the dog after Princess’ dad Peter Andre refused, due to his wife Emily suffering an allergy to dogs.
The tragedy comes just five months after Katie’s pet Alsatian Sparkle died, after she escaped from her home before being hit by a car. It is also thought that one of her horses died in a crash.
It’s the latest pet of Katie’s to sadly pass away, after her dog Queenie also died in 2018 after being hit by a delivery driver.
Katie currently owns another Alsatian named Blade, who sleeps in her room and acts as a protection animal for the household, after being the victim of a carjacking last year.
Support: Katie currently owns an Alsatian named Blade, who sleeps in her room and acts as a protection animal for the household, after being the victim of a carjacking last year