Lucy’s Law, the legislation which cracks down on so-called puppy farms, was passed in the Senedd and will be enforced in Wales from 10 September 2021.
The law makes it illegal to buy a puppy or a kitten from anyone but the original breeder, cutting out third parties – such as online retailers /dealers or pet shops.
Previously young puppies and kittens could be transported long distances and moved from location to location before finding their permanent owner, which affects their wellbeing.
Lucy Thomas, Lead Officer Animal Health and Welfare at Pembrokeshire County Council said: ‘These new regulations means that puppies and kittens must be sold at the same premises where they have been bred and by the people who have bred them. This enables new owners to see where their animals have been born and most importantly alongside its dam (mother).
‘We hope this legislation will encourage responsible breeding and provide greater transparency for people who wish to welcome a puppy or kitten into their home.’
This new legislation will empower Local Authorities to take action if they have concerns about how puppies and kittens are being bred and sold.
It also bans the sales of non-mammals that cannot feed themselves, un-weaned mammals; puppies’ kittens, ferrets and rabbits aged under eight weeks.
Pembrokeshire County Council encourages responsible breeding and there is a requirement for a breeder to obtain a dog-breeding establishment licence from the Local Authority under the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014. If you require further information on dog breeding or have concerns of illegal breeding please contact the Animal Health & Welfare Team at Pembrokeshire County Council at: email@example.com