Cyril’s story: why ‘Lucy’s Law is so important

Last week, Defra Minister David Rutley announced that a ban on third party puppy and kitten sales will come into effect on 6 April 2020.

For one particular dog at London-based animal welfare charity, Mayhew, such legislation is the much-needed light at the end of the tunnel.

Cyril is 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 was taken to Mayhew after being viciously attacked by another dog and suffered deep wounds to his chest and bottom. His fur was also incredibly matted, and he was missing a few teeth, indicating a severe lack of care and an unhygienic environment.

Vets at Mayhew cleaned and flushed Cyril’s cuts and gave him pain relief and antibiotics. While settling him in to a warm and cosy cabin, the kennel team noticed that he was showing signs of psychological trauma.

He would repeatedly walk in tight circles – indicating he had previously been confined to an extremely small area. He was also incredibly possessive of any food and toys that were given to him.

A spokesperson for Mayhew said: “Luckily, Cyril was signed over to us, and so we 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.

“We were also determined to help bring Cyril out of his shell emotionally – and happily, our care and dedication soon began to reap rewards. As the days went by Cyril began to trust, and as he grew more comfortable and curious, he started to reveal a friendly and playful personality.

“We discovered that he enjoyed nothing more than cuddles and companionship – except perhaps a long walk and the chance to stretch his legs.”

Before being ready for rehoming, Cyril was neutered, and Mayhew’s vets also decided to completely shave off his matted fur, to remove any discomfort and irritation and to ensure he could start a brand-new life with nothing to remind him of his past traumas.

Despite not having had the best beginning, Cyril is one of the lucky animals who have managed to escape the harsh reality of puppy farming.

Caroline Yates, CEO of Mayhew said: “We are delighted that the 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 are keeping their fingers cross that he finds his happily ever after.

If you think you could give him a loving home, you can check out his full profile here and call the rehoming centre’s reception team on 020 8962 8000 to find out more.