Today (6 April 2020) the Government has introduced new landmark legislation to tackle low-welfare third party sales of puppies and kittens, by banning such sales.
The new legislation means that anyone who is considering bringing a companion animal into their home must either adopt the animal from a rescue centre or buy direct from a breeder. Breeders should also be licensed and show puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies or kittens without a license, they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.
Animal Protection Services has committed to enforcing the new legislation. It will carry out criminal investigations and prosecutions where offences are identified.
A spokesperson at Animal Protection Services said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate the campaigners who fought long and hard for the new legislation. I also congratulate the Government for taking steps to introduce stronger animal welfare legislation within England. Secondly, I want to reassure the public and the local authorities that our investigation officers are ready to respond to any allegations of Lucy’s Law being broken.”
“We have the right to prosecute those individuals who are caught breaking the law. We will ensure that all disruptive strategies are deployed to any underground sale of puppies and kittens”, added the spokesperson.
If you have any information that could assist Animal Protection Services with their enquiries, please contact them on 0330 120 0909 or via the Report Cruelty facility on the website.