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Good news! Lucy’s Law has finally come into force

Some good news for animal lovers: Lucy's Law, new legislation thought to be the first step in ending puppy and kitten farming in England, came into effect on Sunday.

By Natasha James

Published on the 07/04/2020, 10:00

The new regulations make it illegal for third-party vendors, such as pet shops and online traders to sell puppies. This means that anyone looking to get a puppy in England from now on will either have to visit a breeder or a rescue centre.

A special law for a special pup 

The movement was started by vet Marc Abraham and named after a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pup who was rescued from a puppy farm after being subjected to awful conditions.

The legislation means that puppies and kittens can no longer legally be sold by unscrupulous sellers, who often keep animals in cramped, unsafe and unhygienic conditions.

Tips for responsible buying

If you're thinking of adopting a puppy then there are a few things that you need to consider:

Always ask to see the puppies interacting with their mothers in the place that they were born. This way you can check that they're living in safe, hygienic conditions.

Ensure the seller shares details of vaccinations, flea and worming treatment and microchipping.

If a breeder tries to come to you or hand over the pup in a location where you can't meet the dog's mother, then it's a good idea to refuse.

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Pups should stay with their mothers until they're around 8 weeks old. If a breeder is attempting to sell a pup any younger than this then that should signal alarm bells.

Above all, use common sense and if you see any suspicious activity then it’s good to report it. Illegal breeding of puppies or kittens could lead to six months in prison or unlimited fines.