Cyril’s Story: Why ‘Lucy’s Law’ is so important

(Mayhew Press Release) Last week, Defra Minister David Rutley announced that a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales – aka ‘Lucy’s Law’ – was being laid in parliament, and will come into effect on 6 April 2020.

For one particular dog at Mayhew, such legislation is the much needed light at the end of the tunnel. Cyril (below), an eight-year-old male Pomeranian, was used for breeding; and had been kept in poor quality conditions on a suspected puppy farm.

· One day, poor Cyril was viciously attacked by another dog, and suffered 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.

· Cyril’s fur was also incredibly matted and he was missing a few teeth, indicating a severe lack of care and an unhygienic home environment.

Whilst settling him in to a warm and cosy cabin, Mayhew’s kennels team noticed that Cyril showed signs of psychological trauma as he repeatedly walked in tight circles – indicating he’d previously been confined to an extremely small area.

He was also incredibly possessive of any food and toys that were given to him, and Mayhew surmised that this was most likely a sign he had been mistreated and neglected over a long period of time.

Luckily, Cyril was signed over, and so Mayhew were able to immediately begin a rehabilitation and recovery programme – including a full health and dental check, and scale and polish on his remaining teeth.

Mayhew were also determined to help bring Cyril out of his shell emotionally – and happily, their care and dedication soon began to reap rewards.

As the days went by Cyril began to trust Mayhew staff, and as he grew more comfortable and curious, he started to reveal a friendly and playful personality. Mayhew 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.

Thankfully, 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 Mayhew staff are all keeping their fingers crossed that he finds his happily ever after. If you are interested in giving him a loving home, you can check out his full profile here and call Mayhew’s reception team on 020 8962 8000 to find out more. To read about the third party ban in further detail, please visit Mayhew’s website here.

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  1. Thank you for giving this dog a chance at a happy life! He has suffered so much
    and now has a chance at a loving home. (I would adopt but am too far and besides
    have several cats I care for). Thank God for “Lucy’s Law” it will help protect many
    dogs from so much horrible suffering!

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