In May, Defra Minister David Rutley announced that a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales – aka “Lucy’s Law” – was being laid in parliament, and will come into effect on 6 April 2020.
For one particular dog at Together for Animals member Mayhew, such legislation is the much needed light at the end of the tunnel.
Cyril, an eight-year-old male Pomeranian, came to be in Mayhew’s care after being attacked by another dog. He was covered in deep wounds, had heavily matted fur and was missing a couple of teeth. They suspected that he had been kept in poor quality conditions on a puppy farm, and had possibly been used for breeding and as a bait dog.
Mayhew’s vets immediately cleaned and flushed Cyril’s wounds, and gave him pain relief, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics. He also had a full health and dental check, including a scale and polish of his remaining teeth.
Whilst settling him in to a warm and cosy cabin to begin his recovery, the Kennels team noticed that Cyril showed signs of psychological trauma as he repeatedly walked in tight circles – indicating he’d previously been confined to an extremely small area. He was also incredibly possessive of any food and toys that were given to him, most likely a sign he had been mistreated and neglected over a long period of time.
Determined to help bring Cyril out of his shell, Mayhew’s team started a gentle rehabilitation programme – and happily, their care and dedication soon began to reap rewards.
As the days went by Cyril’s trust of the team grew, and as he became more comfortable and curious, he started to reveal a friendly and playful personality, enjoying nothing more than cuddles and companionship.
Thankfully, dogs like Cyril and their offspring will now be protected under Lucy’s Law, which demands that anyone looking to buy a puppy or kitten will have to adopt them from a rehoming shelter or deal directly with a licensed breeder – who in turn must meet certain welfare conditions under their license agreement.
“The third party ban is a great step forward for animal welfare, and will result in significantly fewer animals like Cyril living in or being bred in harmful and unsuitable environments, by unscrupulous breeders and dealers.” Caroline Yates – CEO, Mayhew and Trustee, Together for Animals
Cyril is now on the hunt for his pawfect family, and is looking forward to his happily ever after.
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