This week Lucy's Law came into effect which had been put through and added to the animal welfare bill. From April 6th no-one can purchase a puppy from anyone other than a licensed breeder. To find out if the breeder is licensed then ask to see their certificate and number. Anyone breeding with out being licensed can be fined huge sums of money and a prison sentence. Do not be a part of illegal animal sales. It is a worry actually that so many breeders are ignoring this. I think now Lucy's law has gone through tougher sentencing will be done other wise no point in bringing out laws in animal welfare. My advice to breeders who have not got their licenses yet is to apply as soon as possible as the waiting lists are several weeks in some cases, and at the moment with covid 19 their are no home visits being done. So find out directly off your council what you are supposed to do.
Puppies from 8 weeks to 6 months now have to be either returned to the breeder or placed in a rescue centre. The owner is not allowed to resell the dog. This is to stop third party sales on pets. It also effects Kitten breeding as well.
Also The Kennel club released information on Covid 19 and animal business. Which has come from defra,
Licensed breeders of kittens and puppies are allowed to breed, but must deliver puppies during a lockdown situation. If it goes to social distancing then owners can pick up but must not go in the house. This is for the foreseeable future as social distancing could go on for the whole of 2020. The hand over of the puppy must be done either in a large open room or outside. Gloves to be worn on handing over puppies. Parents must be seen on video interacting with puppies. No visits to the home to meet puppies allowed.
But with Lucy's law that came in, it states in that law that breeders must not deliver puppies, so an acceptance has been made during Covid 19 lockdown, So breeders can continue with breeding dogs. and deliver them.
Other activities with dogs has also been addressed from dog walkers to home boarders.
So how do you know if a breeder is licensed ? All advertising must contain the license number. A certificate from the council is given. Ask to see it if it is not on display. But all licensed breeding should display the certificate in the home. Do not accept excuses as to why licenses haven't been got. These are the breeders which the government wish to stop trading. Their are many gold nuggets of lies why breeders are not having a license.
Classic one is Im not a breeder, its a one off litter. Just so happens they did it the year before and the year before that. Plus will do it next year. Anyone that breeds their dog once is a breeder. Its not exactly brain science that one is it.
Another is I only breed to keep one. But yes they still sold the other 9!
Their is a million excuses I could write about that I've heard in the 20 years Ive bred dogs.
Whats worse is they charge the same if not more than a proper breeder.
Just be smart and buy from a licensed breeder and kennel club assured breeder. A kennel club assured breeder also undergoes more checks, and the Kennel club have clamped down on poor breeding practises in the last few years. Join us in promoting only good breeding. Breeding which is not against the law. We can not stamp out puppy farming with out your help. If you continue to purchase from the wrong sources animals suffering will continue.
Do the right thing! Buy puppies from the right places.
Mrs Rachel Savage