The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 [SI 2019/1093] will come into effect on 6 April 2020.

Lucy’s Law is the short-hand for the amendment to The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 brought about by The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019, which makes unlawful the sales of puppies and kittens (under six months in both cases) by third party sellers / anyone other than the breeder.

The rules in relation to kittens are slightly different. This note addresses the situation relating to puppies specifically.

It is unlawful to sell a puppy unless you are the licensed breeder who bred that puppy.

The premises licensed for breeding must have a licence displayed in a specific name relating to those specific premises within the licensing authority’s district.

The breeding premises must be located in the district of the local licensing authority which granted the licence. The licensable activity of breeding or selling must take place in those licensed premises and not elsewhere. Those are the premises that must have been inspected before grant.

The breeder’s puppies must be advertised and/or offered for sale only from the premises where they were bred and reared.

The sale of any puppy must be completed in the presence of the purchaser on the licensed premises where the puppy was bred.

The breeder’s puppies must be shown to a prospective purchaser in the presence of the biological mother (the short-hand for this is “Where’s Mum?”).

No puppy can be sold or permanently separated from its biological mother at all, by anyone, under the age of eight weeks.

[There are exemptions for separation of puppies from mothers if necessary on health or welfare grounds. This would be for the breeder to prove.]

A more detailed explanation is available on the IoL website.