#ADOPTDONTSHOP, rarely has a four-legged being created a viral hashtag which transformed into a nation-wide campaign against puppy-farms. But such was the charisma of a special Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Lucy that the campaign has been set in motion to be implemented in the court of law. A statement by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed the ban is scheduled to come into force on April 6 next year. The brand-new legislation would require animals to be born and reared in a secure setting, along with their mothers, and will be bought from their native land. The principles are additionally designed to discourage smugglers who abuse the Pet Journey Scheme to convey younger animals for sale into the UK. Known as Lucy’s Law, the rule will ban the sale of kittens and puppies from third parties, spring 2020 onwards. This will enable buyers to deal with breeders directly.
When Lucy was rescued from a Welsh puppy farm five years ago, she was suffering. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s hips had fused together, she had a curved spine, bald patches and epilepsy after years of mistreatment. She’d been kept in a cage for many years of her life and was no longer able to have puppies. But the five-year-old went on to be re-homed by Lisa Garner. “It was clear from her physical condition that she had been subjected to appalling conditions,” said Lisa “However, with lots of patience, Lucy went on to enjoy a full, albeit far too short life, filled with happiness.” Lucy had three years of love before she died in 2016.
Paula Boyden, veterinary director at Dogs Trust is UK’s largest dog welfare charity. It urged the government to go ahead with the project. She said: “We would like to see additional measures introduced to ensure the ban is as robust as possible. There is time before April 2020 for the government to consider regulation of re-homing organizations and sanctuaries, ensure full traceability of all puppies sold, and strengthening of the pet travel scheme.”