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Caerphilly votes to support Lucy’s Law

Posted on : 07 Jun 2018

Caerphilly votes to support Lucy’s Law
Caerphilly Council vote to support the national campaign Lucy’s Law in an effort to ban and outlaw third party puppy farming at a full council meeting.
The proposal received unanimous support at a meeting of full council on Tuesday 5th June after it was first proposed in May at a health social care and wellbeing scrutiny committee by Cllr. Eluned Stenner.
The third-party sellers and dealers described in the report are those who are not dog breeders, and who operate as “middlemen” between the breeders and the public. Evidence has shown that sales of this nature can cause serious harm and trauma to animal welfare as well as increasing the risk of exposure to disease.  
A ban on commercial third party sales would amount to a legal requirement that only licensed dog breeders would be able to sell puppies in the course of a business. It would not impact on non-commercial activities including rehoming puppies through dog charities and sanctuaries as they are non-profit.
It was agreed that the Leader of Council Cllr. David Poole will write to the UK Government to add Caerphilly’s support to the growing list of supporting organisations signed up to the campaign.
Cabinet Member responsible for the environment and public protection, Cllr. Eluned Stenner, said, “It is vital that we demonstrate our support for this important campaign and proactively highlight it to our residents. As an authority we are fully committed to looking after the welfare of animals and will not tolerate third party puppy farming. I am delighted to have received unanimous support for this notice of motion.”


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