TOUGH new laws could ban pet shops from selling puppies and kittens - but why are they needed? Here we reveal what Lucy's law is, whether puppy and kitten sales are banned at pet shops, and what a puppy mill is... What is Lucy's Law? Lucy's law is a campaign calling for an immediate halt to the sale of young pets by third-party commercial dealers. It was named after mistreated Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Lucy who had suffered years of abuse on a puppy mill. Her hair was missing in patches and matted beyond repair in others, while her balding skin was raw from the ammonia burns she suffered from continuously living in her own urine and faeces. Celebrity vet Marc Abraham, who backs Lucy’s Law, said: “These dogs are kept like livestock in poorly ventilated, dark and cramped conditions. We have to act to protect them.” Are puppy and kitten sales at pet shops banned? Plans to ban third-party selling of puppies were unveiled by ministers in August. Anyone … [Read more...] about What is Lucy’s Law, are puppy and kitten sales at pet shops banned and what are puppy farms?
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A family from Feltham was left "heartbroken" when a puppy they bought fell sick, collapsed and died days after he joined the family. Charlie, an adorable tri-colour Cavalier King Charles spaniel, was unknowingly bought from a Hayes puppy farming gang, who were sentenced on Tuesday (May 22). The gang operated by importing puppies farmed in Ireland and posting ads on websites like Gumtree and Pets 4 Homes, advertising the pets as from a litter of a loving family pet or even a pedigree animal. In reality dogs were forced to intensively breed and kept in squalid conditions. Read More Disgraced Uxbridge vet Daniel Doherty When owners would enquire after the puppies, they were sent to an address in Hayes where one of the conspirators would present the home as a loving family home with a litter of pups for sale. Claire, who wanted to buy Charlie as a family pet, responded to an ad online and visited one of the homes in Hayes on February 1, 2016, and bought Charlie for £470. "A woman … [Read more...] about Spaniel sold by Hayes puppy farming gang died in just two days
A vet from Uxbridge has avoided being sent to prison after thousands of farmed puppies were given vaccinations and health cards at his surgeries. Daniel Doherty, who runs MyVet24/7 surgeries in Hillingdon and Uxbridge was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court alongside five other members of a Hayes puppy farming gang. Doherty, 49, formerly of Wood Lane, in Iver Heath, had been convicted at the court in April of conspiracy to commit fraud. Judge McDowall sentenced him on Tuesday (May 22) to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. The vet must also carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay a victim surcharge of £140. Doherty pocketed cash-in-hand payments from the puppy farming gang who made millions selling sick and dying puppies to unsuspecting members of the public. The buyers were told the dogs were offspring of a family pet, home-bred, and socialised within a local residential family environment. In actual fact, the puppies were farmed or imported and many died … [Read more...] about Uxbridge vet spared jail despite huge puppy farming fraud
The USPCA have rescued a batch of farmed puppies as part of Operation Delphin. In a statement the animal charity said: "The USPCA played a key role in an overnight seizure of 27 puppies at Cairnryan port, they were detained by Police Scotland and seized by our colleagues in the Scottish SPCA."This action is the latest in the ongoing work of Operation Delphin."It has been reported that it is believed the puppies were farmed in the Republic of Ireland - and were then transported to Northern Ireland in a small van which was driven onto a late-night ferry on Wednesday.The statement adds: "Each year many hundreds of vulnerable animals bred in ROI puppy farms are smuggled into the UK market illegally using Northern Ireland ferry routes."The animals have now been returned to the republic of Ireland and are currently being cared for by our colleagues in the ISPCA."Chief Executive of the USPCA, Brendan Mullan, said: "The USPCA investigates a number of serious animal welfare abuses across … [Read more...] about USPCA rescues farmed puppies in Operation Delphin
NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland By Rebecca Curran BBC Scotland reporter 15 November 2017 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-41983846 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Nearly 90 dogs and puppies have been seized during a raid at what animal welfare officers believe to be Scotland's largest puppy … [Read more...] about Animals seized in ‘puppy farm’ raid