Dogs Today Magazine


C.A.R.I.A.D. stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs and our primary objective is to end the suffering of breeding dogs and their puppies used in puppy farming and puppy dealing, through legislative changes, public education and awareness. But it doesn’t stop there. We are also committed to developing solutions-based initiatives to solve wider canine welfare problems and help our best friends to live their best lives. And so Foster First was launched.

We launched Foster First for three key reasons 1) to help stem the flow of unwanted puppies entering the rescue system 2) as a response to the UK’s rescue dog and kennel space crisis with the aim of bringing more people together who may not even know about fostering and 3) to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation that many older people feel by showing them how fostering a dog can bring companionship into their lives without the fear of long-term commitment.

What we didn’t anticipate when we launched Foster First was that it would prove to be a lifeline for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Escaping domestic violence can be difficult. Trying to do so with a beloved pet is even harder, but there are people out there ready to help … read more in the current edition of Dogs Today magazine.

Our sincere thanks go to our friends at Dogs Today magazine for supporting our work and that of the many animal heroes who work tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence and their beloved pets.

Wales Online Article



The failures of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 were revealed to a horrified audience on BBC One Wales on Monday 30th September 2019. Now, we can reveal that the way they die is even more shocking, as are the reasons why.

It has long been known that unwanted puppy farm breeding dogs that aren’t lucky enough to be handed over to rescues by puppy farmers for rehoming have an uncertain fate. Some dogs are sold on privately by puppy farmers but there are also some licensed establishments that historically have neither retired their unwanted breeding dogs to rescues nor sold them privately to other puppy farmers or advertised them for sale to members of the public.

These are the dogs that are being systematically ‘disposed’ of by means of destruction that is so brutal it is hard to comprehend how people who have made so much money out of their exploitation can sleep at night. But sleep they do. And it’s important to state that these are dogs that are not sick, nor are they emergency ‘mercy’ killings. We’ve received licensing inspection reports stating DOGS ARE DESTROYED TO GET NUMBERS DOWN because they exceed agreed licensing numbers. Others are being killed by puppy farmers when they are told they are no longer fit to breed from. But as anyone who has adopted or fostered an ex-breeding dog will know, just because they can no longer reproduce it does not mean that they aren’t able to go on to live full, happy lives when adopted. The ONLY reason puppy farmers are using bolt guns to slaughter dogs is the same reason they are kept in such appalling conditions. They just don’t care. And they don’t want the cost of humane euthanasia eating into their blood soaked profits.

Whilst the image of dogs being shot in the head with a bolt gun are hugely distressing, too distressing to show here, what will be more shocking to our nation’s dog lovers is that there are licensed establishments in Wales slaughtering dogs with bolt guns and by other horrific means without any supervision or impartial witnesses, and no intervention from local authorities or the Welsh Government because it appears that nobody knows whether a law covering this exists or which, if any, department is ultimately responsible. It is also being caused by flimsy wording in the current regulations which is easy for puppy farmers to ignore.

Within the Government’s current guidance framework, the exact wording reads:

Dog Breeding Establishments

Guidance for Local Authorities

Welsh Ministers Guidance to Local Authorities issued pursuant to Regulation 13 of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014

4.7 Strategy for the retirement of breeding bitches and stud dogs. Local Authorities should consider the licence holders strategy for dealing with retired dogs including means of disposal and/or methods of re-homing that ensures the welfare of the dog as far as possible.

For the last 12 months C.A.R.I.A.D. has been researching why dogs are being systematically killed by certain puppy farmers in Wales without any apparent way to stop them. And in the last 12 months alone we know of at least 125 breeding dogs being bolt gunned from just three licensed puppy farms in West Wales alone. Because of the secretive nature of puppy farming it’s impossible to know ahead of time when dogs are going to be killed so the true numbers of dogs slaughtered in these farms right now can never be known.

Our story broke on this yesterday in the Western Mail and we’re grateful to Martin Shipton for meeting with us and talking through our evidence to help expose this travesty of animal welfare. However, with only limited space available in the paper, there was much that he couldn’t fit in to the article. So we’d like to tell you some of the other things that we have discovered in the last year which are hard to believe.

  1. Firstly, you don’t require a licence to buy or use a bolt gun. Bolt guns were declassified as Firearms in February 1998.
  2. Although you require a Certificate of Competency to operate a bolt gun on livestock we have found nobody who could clarify whether you need a Certificate of Competency to use a bolt gun on a companion animal.
  3. In April 2010 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons stated that the use of captive bolt guns to kill dogs is unacceptable.
  4. Over the last 12 months we have been in contact with certain councils regarding large scale slaughter of breeding dogs by their licensed puppy farms using bolt guns, and more recently we sent out FOIs and emails to councils across Wales regarding the issue of the killing of dogs by licensed establishments. Some councils referred us to the police. Others referred us to the Animal Health and Plant Agency while others told us to contact the Food Standards Agency! In all cases, we reached a dead end because nobody knew where responsibility for dogs on this lies.
  5. One council explained more about the use of bolt guns stating: “It should always be remembered that captive-bolt devices are percussive stunners, not humane killers, and stunning should always be followed by immediate bleeding or pithing to ensure death.” This of course is in relation to their use on livestock. Again, nothing on the use of bolt guns on companion animals.
  6. We wrote to the Welsh government and although we have received an email stating they are happy to answer our questions, at the time of posting, we still await these answers.

We can only deduce from our research that nobody is responsible for the way these dogs are being killed which is hard to comprehend or accept. Even the Animal Welfare Act 2006 doesn’t seem to offer any protection for them.

With the current broken licensing system about to be reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary, there has never been a better opportunity to stop this slaughter of the innocents. It is hard to even imagine the terror and suffering of these dogs at the hands of people who show so little mercy for them in life and so little regard for them in death. Can you imagine a Bichon, a Cavalier, a Chihuahua, a Schnauzer just as a few examples of dogs being killed like this right now having one of these terrifying weapons held against their heads and fired? It is a gut-wrenching thought for any dog lover isn’t it? But it’s happening. Please help us to stop it.

What C.A.R.I.A.D. is calling for as part of the Cabinet Secretary’s urgent review of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 is that current Guidance ‘Strategy for the retirement of breeding bitches and stud dogs’ is revised as follows and becomes a mandatory part of licensing conditions:

Every dog’s life and death must be accounted for and documented, including the method of transfer or euthanasia. The word ‘disposal’ must be removed within the Guidance wording. We dispose of rubbish, not sentient creatures!

Regardless of whether a breeder is being made to downsize because they have too many dogs in relation to their licence or otherwise, or whether the dogs are declared no longer fit to breed from by a vet, there must only be three options for the ‘retirement’ of these dogs which are:

  • handing the dogs in to a recognised rehoming organisation


  • if sold on to the public, that the breeder must ensure these dogs are spayed/neutered prior to sale and that the sale is recorded and documented with details of the purchaser on the licensing inspection report in addition to requirements of The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015 which state:

Change of keeper
8.—(1) From 6 April 2016, where a dog is transferred to a new keeper, the new keeper must, unless the previous keeper has already done so, record their full name, address and contact telephone number (if any) and any change in the dog’s name with the database on which the dog’s details are recorded pursuant to regulation 3(5)(b).
(2) From 6 April 2016 no keeper may transfer a dog to a new keeper until it has been microchipped unless a certificate issued under regulation 3(2) or 3(3) states that microchipping would significantly compromise a dog’s health.


  • if a dog is deemed by a qualified veterinary professional to be beyond veterinary help that they are humanely euthanised by a vet and this is recorded and documented with the details of the vet, date and location on the licensing inspection report

We can only hope that the wider canine welfare world will support our campaign to end this slaughter. But the dogs need more than hope. They need action and they need it now. Will you help us to help these poor dogs by contacting your AM and local councillor today? If you’ve already contacted your local councillor in the past about puppy farming or Lucy’s Law, you will probably find that they will be equally horrified by this deathly loophole. Please feel free to use any of the contents of this post in your own correspondence urging them to raise this issue with the Cabinet Secretary as a matter of urgency.

You can find details of your local Councillor by visiting your local council website.

You can find details of your Assembly Member here:

IMPORTANT: In response to our article in the Western Mail a Welsh Government spokesman said: “The Animal Welfare Breeding of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2014 came into force in April 2015 and, as is the normal procedure, regulations are regularly reviewed. The minister has asked the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group for a review to consider if the regulations are fit for purpose.”

The Government promised a review after one year, which didn’t happen, then after two years, again this didn’t happen. We are now in the fifth year and finally a review is happening. HOWEVER, we are disturbed to hear that a review is being undertaken by the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, a group whose membership includes key members of the farming community (including a former National Farmers Union President), vets who themselves are farmers and one member who sits on the Canine & Feline Sector Group. Here’s why we simply can’t understand the relevance of consulting with this group:

“The aim of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group is to ensure healthy livestock are kept to high standards of welfare and lower the risk of the spread of animal diseases.”

Dogs are not livestock and in this country are not part of the food chain. So how is this group’s opinion relevant to dog welfare? And how could this group possibly be impartial enough to “consider if the regulations are fit for purpose.”?

Finally, the issue of using bolt guns on dogs is not new and our friends at Caged NW have been fighting hard for it to be banned for many years. Whether domestic pets or racing greyhounds the issue is the same – it’s all about DOGS and we are so grateful to our friends at Caged NW for giving us permission to use the hashtag #BanTheBolt

We look forward to campaigning with them further on this issue.

Click on the link below to read the Western Mail article.




On Tuesday, 17th September C.A.R.I.A.D. attended an historic meeting in Scotland where it was confirmed that third party sales of puppies and kittens (Lucy’s Law) are set to be banned in Scotland.

This means our Lucy’s Law campaign team have now secured a third party ban in England, Wales and Scotland.

We would like to thank Mairi Gougeon MSP, Scottish SPCA, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and all those who supported our LucysLaw4Scotland campaign.


Lucys Law Wales Confirmed


Third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales after a consultation showed overwhelming public support, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths confirmed on the 18th of July 2019.

It is hoped the ban will improve animal welfare conditions and help the public to make more informed choices when buying a pet. Plans for a ban will now be put to a full public consultation looking into the details and impacts of a ban, as well as amendments to breeding regulations to improve animal welfare conditions at breeding establishments.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has announced she also plans to revisit the current breeding regulations to improve welfare conditions at breeding establishments. She said:

“We are committed to improving animal welfare conditions and ensuring they are protected from harm during the breeding process. Puppies and kitten sold by third parties are at greater risk of disease, a lack of socialisation and habituation, and the distress of being introduced to new and unfamiliar environments during multiple journeys.

That’s why we are bringing forward this ban and we’re pleased to see the public agree with it. We have listened to what people have said and will be banning third party sales of puppies and kittens. We hope a ban will ensure people make an informed choice before purchasing a pet and ensure breeders take responsibility for the animals they are selling.”

This announcement puts Wales in line with England where Lucy’s Law will be fully implemented in April 2020. The introduction of Lucy’s Law in England and Wales is a result of years of campaigning led by Pup Aid, C.A.R.I.A.D. and Canine Action UK. C.A.R.I.A.D. led the campaign in Wales which included an event at The Senedd in July 2018 kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.

Wales has turned pink for Lucy’s Law. You can view our Turning Wales Pink for Lucy’s Law film at the link below:




RCT Council


We live in an angry world; an often too sad world. But sometimes it’s important to take a step back and remember that every now and then, when we all come together with a common goal, regardless of our background, ethnicity, age, sex or political beliefs, we can make something good happen in the world.

We’re proud to be part of the Lucy’s Law team led by the force of nature that is the remarkable Marc Abraham. And we’re equally proud to be spearheading the campaign to bring Lucy’s Law to Wales. With your help we will do it! So we wanted to take a moment to share this film with you to say a huge ‘thank you’. Your spirit, your love, your passion for dogs and your belief in us to help us end puppy farming is what makes it possible for us to keep doing what we do every day. We hope you like our little film and will share it with your friends and family.

As part of C.A.R.I.A.D.’s campaign for Lucy’s Law in Wales which included an official presentation at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, a drop-in session for Assembly Members to meet puppy farm survivors, rallies and marches with dogs wearing Welsh flag bandanas, Councils across Wales also made it clear that the cruelty and exploitation of puppy farming had to stop. They put forward motions of support for the introduction of Lucy’s Law in Wales at Council meetings and by writing to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths urging the Welsh Government to do the right thing for the dogs. Lucy’s Law enjoys cross-party support in Wales, just as it has in England where Lucy’s Law is now officially on the statue books and comes into effect from April 2020. Lucy’s Law is a ban that applies to the selling of both puppies and kittens by third parties including pet shops and puppy dealers.

FOARCT Collage


C.A.R.I.A.D. welcomes the Welsh Government’s launch of the consultation into a third party ban on the selling of puppies and kittens. This is something that we have been eagerly awaiting since Lesley Griffiths spoke at our Lucy’s Law For Wales launch event at The Senedd last summer. We are delighted to have secured this consultation alongside the tireless efforts of our Lucy’s Law campaigning colleagues and with the support and assistance of cross party AMs, MPs and Councils across Wales.

We want to stress the purpose of this consultation because as tempting as it may be to try and piggy back other issues relating to dogs onto this consultation, as important as they are, this consultation is specific to the implementation of Lucy’s Law in Wales, following England’s decision to do so. Thus the consultation is called “Third party sales of puppies and kittens”. There is space provided on the consultation document for additional suggestions on other improvements/changes and naturally we will be making recommendations that are pertinent to this consultation in our response. We would urge those who have concerns relating to other issues to do as we have done and secure a specific consultation on those issues so that these can be considered thoroughly in their own right.

Compelling evidence of why Lucy’s Law is so desperately needed in Wales now is staring back at you in this montage. And you could multiply that by thousands to get a true picture of the extent of suffering caused by puppy farming and third party puppy selling over the years. Dogs hidden away from public scrutiny, whose suffering has lined the pockets of puppy dealers and brought untold heartache to members of the public. It’s important to understand that just because there aren’t huge numbers of puppy dealers in Wales, the volume of litters collected by these dealers in vans every week from puppy farms and then transported and sold on to other parts of the UK is vast. Puppy dealing enables puppy farmers both licensed and unlicensed to profit from misery. No ‘ifs’, no ‘buts’, no ‘howevers’.

We will shortly be providing guidance for those members of the public who wish to submit a response to this consultation – something we urge all dog lovers to do. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make historic changes to the way puppies are purchased in Wales. Let’s stop them being sold on as commodities via third parties and in doing so, stop the exploitation of dogs like the hugely loved and greatly missed Lucy the Rescue Cavalier. #LucysLaw4Wales

Consultation link below:



This October we’re calling on the Welsh Government to put a STOP to the third party selling of puppies in Wales. We’re calling on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law in Wales.

Following the announcement by Michael Gove that Lucy’s Law is to be introduced in England, we now need the Welsh Government to follow suit as a priority because a large number of puppy farms and some of the UK’s most prolific puppy dealers are based in Wales. Without Lucy’s Law in Wales puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies will continue to languish behind closed doors, suffering at the hands of people who put profit before welfare.

This October we’re calling for the abuse of puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies to STOP!

It was people power that secured Lucy’s Law in England, now we need people power to secure Lucy’s Law in Wales. Here’s how you can make a difference.

All UK residents, please sign and share our Lucy’s Law for Wales petition:

All Welsh residents, please write to your Assembly Member urging them to put pressure on the Welsh Government to introduce Lucy’s Law. Find your Assembly Member here:

All Welsh residents, please write to your local Councillor requesting they urge their Council to support a motion for Lucy’s Law following in the footsteps of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.

If you have media contacts interested in covering Lucy’s Law for Wales, please ask them to contact us at

Further information on Lucy’s Law can be found on our website.

If you would like to help fund our work, please visit our Donate page, Sponsor page and Online Shop.

Lucy's Law Wales Petition



Lucy’s Law is now desperately needed in Wales – the hub of puppy farming on mainland UK. You can help us ensure this happens quickly by signing and sharing our petition to the National Assembly for Wales. All UK residents can sign it so please, please, please let’s work together for the puppy farm breeding dogs and their puppies suffering in Wales right now. Be their voice.


There is no geographical restriction on who can sign the petition. However, the process for signing is marginally different for people with addresses outside Wales:

When you have entered your postcode, please click on ‘Find my Constituency’. Your Assembly constituency will be populated automatically if you have entered a valid Welsh postcode.

If you are not a Welsh resident, you will be prompted to fill in the ‘Area of Residence’ field. Complete this field with a geographic descriptor of your choice (e.g. a town or region).

Complete the rest of the webpage and click ‘Sign this petition’.

Please note that your ‘Area of Residence’ (or ‘Constituency’ if you are a Welsh citizen) will be published underneath the petition so do not enter anything you would not wish to be seen (such as a postcode).

Lucys Law Explained Full Explanatory Document


Following the announcement by Michael Gove on 21st August at Downing Street of the Government’s plan to implement Lucy’s Law (a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens by pet shops and other commercial third party dealers), we have produced two documents to provide additional facts, answer questions and dispel the myths surrounding this historic animal welfare legislative change. Lucy’s Law is a strong message that selling puppies as a retail commodity – and concealing and condemning dogs to an existence as breeding machines in puppy farms to supply this trade – is no longer legally acceptable.




The Government have launched a Consultation on Lucy’s Law in England where they are calling for people to let them know what they think about plans to introduce a ban.

CONSULTATION DESCRIPTION: We want to know what you think about plans to introduce a ban on the commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This will prevent pet shops, pet dealers, and other outlets from selling these animals in England unless they themselves have bred them. We expect that this ban will improve welfare conditions for cats and dogs that are under six months old.

The consultation closes at 11.45pm on 19th September 2018.