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how awful- it is a nightmare from both your's and the breeder's perspectives.
Breeders ask for vet checks in the first 48 hours for a reason- to be sure puppy has no GI parasites, murmurs, etc and is called healthy by a vet other than their own.
ER clinics have a place of course- they are there for emergencies. Not for regular vet care, or situations that are able to be covered in business hours so from the cost perspective, you probably should have taken the puppy to the vet you were probably going to use for his vet care since it was during business hours (most ER clinics aren't even open during the day around here). It would have been considerably less costly to do so of course. That said, you already did go to the ER- so what did they find there? That too is a piece of who is responsible for the costs incurred... if the puppy ate something on your watch and landed there, it is your pocketbook that should cover it. If the puppy had say, coccidia, that couldn't have been symptomatic so soon as to have gotten it on your watch, then the breeder should cover it.
So without the diagnosis, there's not a way to judge who should pay the bill. If you want to share the diagnosis, it'd be easier to make a call on what would be reasonable and customary to do as a breeder.