A campaign started by Stanmore-born TV vet Marc Abraham and dog owner Lisa Garner has now resulted into a change in law banning pet shops from selling puppies and kittens.
The campaign, Lucy’s Law first started when A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Lucy died in 2016 after being rescued from a puppy farm in 2013.
Marc wanted to use the death of Lucy to show a powerful symbol for a change in the law to tackle animal cruelty and profit-driven rogue breeders.
Too many puppies are being farmed with false papers and injections that are then sold online or through shops to families.
Marc’s mum, Ruth said it has been a common occurrence at Marc’s practice in Brighton: “Marc is a vet in Brighton and there were lots of puppies coming in very ill.
“They went to families, who spent lots of money on their pets, with health problems and deficiencies.”
Marc and the campaign received high praise for his work at the Animal Hero Awards which took place earlier this month after he received the Special Award for his efforts.
Many celebrities, including animal lover Ricky Gervais boosted the campaign on social media which got over 150,000 people to sign a petition and sparked a Parliamentary debate in May this year.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, said: “A ban on third party sales will ensure the nation’s much-loved pets get the right start in life.
“I pay tribute to the Lucy’s Law campaign, spearheaded by PupAid, Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (CARIAD), and Canine Action UK, who have fought tirelessly for this step.
“People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”
To find out more about Marc’s work on animal welfare, visit his charity PupAid at http://www.pupaid.org