Last week (13 May), it was announced that, after years of campaigning, the legislation to end puppy farming – Lucy’s Law – will be laid in Parliament, and will come into effect on 6 April 2020.
The ban will be a much needed light at the end of the tunnel for animals like Cyril, an eight-year-old male Pomeranian, who was used for breeding; and had been kept in poor quality conditions on a suspected puppy farm.
Cyril had been viciously attacked by another dog, leaving him with deep wounds to his chest and bottom. Luckily he was brought into Mayhew, where vets cleaned and flushed his cuts and gave him pain relief, anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.
Whilst settling him in to a warm and cosy cabin, alarm bells started to ring for the Kennels team as they noticed that Cyril was showing signs of psychological trauma. He would repeatedly walk in tight circles – indicating he’d previously been confined to an extremely small area. There was also evidence of severe lack of care and an unhygienic home environment, as he had teeth missing and his fur was incredibly matted.
Cyril became possessive of any food and toys that were given to him and staff at Mayhew surmised that these were all signs that he had been mistreated and neglected over a long period of time.
Thankfully, Cyril was signed over to Mayhew, so they were able to immediately begin a rehabilitation and recovery programme – including a full health and dental check and a scale and polish on his remaining teeth. The team were also determined to help bring Cyril out of his shell, which would take lots of care and dedication.
As the days went by Cyril began to gain trust, and as he grew more comfortable and curious, he started to reveal a friendly and playful personality. It was discovered that he enjoyed nothing more than cuddles and companionship – except perhaps a long walk and the chance to stretch his little legs!
Before being ready for rehoming Cyril was neutered, and vets also decided to completely shave off his matted fur, to remove any discomfort and irritation and to ensure Cyril could start a brand new life with nothing to remind him of his past traumas. Although he may not have had the best beginning, Cyril is one of the lucky animals who have managed to escape the harsh reality of puppy farming.
Dogs like Cyril and their offspring will now all 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.
Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew, said, “We are delighted that new legislation will come into force next year and make a difference to the lives of countless animals. This ban is a great step forward in improving animal welfare standards, and will result in significantly fewer animals like Cyril living in or being bred in harmful and unsuitable environments by unscrupulous breeders and dealers.”
Cyril is now available for adoption, and everyone at Mayhew is keeping fingers crossed that he finds his happily ever after. If you are interesting in giving him a loving home, you can check out his full profile here or call 020 8962 8000 to find out more.
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