Anti puppy farming campaign group and one of the founders of Lucy’s Law, Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), called on the government to make the law a reality at the Welsh Assembly yesterday (11 July).
Current laws require all dog breeders to obtain a licence to sell puppies, but Lucy’s Law has asked the Welsh government to completely ban pet shops and dealers from doing so.
The Welsh government has said that it would consider the calls of the campaigners.
Linda Goodwin, founder of CARIAD, said: “They are used as breeding machines, over and over again. For the number of licensed puppy farmers that are out there you’ve got equally the same number if not more of unlicensed ones. The unlicensed trade also use third parties to sell those puppies legally, so what you’ve got is a third party trade that is masking an illegal trade.”
A spokesperson for the Welsh government added: “Building on improvements made since the introduction of the Dog Breeding Regulations in 2014, the Cabinet Secretary recently confirmed her intention to investigate the potential banning of third party sales.”