Cracking down on third party puppy sales

Two lurcher dogs in a cage.

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.

5 thoughts on “Cracking down on third party puppy sales”

  1. This is fantastic progress but what is to stop organisations claiming or calling themelves rescues ?

    1. Animal Protection Services

      Unfortunately, the law does not address this issue. However, using in-depth test purchasing exercises and intelligence gathering alongside field investigation should give us the answers. It could also identify fraudulent acts. If an act is fraudulent, we will not hesitate to pursue a criminal prosecution against that individual or business for fraud. Hope that makes sense. It is not an easy road but the opportunities are there to tackle this trade if the strategies are deployed accurately.

  2. This is wonderful. It is something that sounds so positive and straight to the point. Here’s hoping that this charity goes from strength to strength.

  3. Margaret Allan

    I find each story of puppy farming and illegal breeders selling ill puppies heartbreaking. I am glad we have the legislation in place now in Lucy’s Law but the public need to know what horrific conditions their new puppy has been born into and to know that agreeing to buy a puppy from a website and meet in a car park is just crazy and allows the cruelty to continue. I am relieved to hear about your organisation and that you are working with the RSPCA to stop these criminals being able to continue with this horrific trade in puppies.

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