Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park, has expressed he is “pleased” the Government are now looking into a campaign to end puppy farming.

The MP has fought to end puppy farming for many years and has lent his support to the Lucy’s Law campaign, which demands a ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and third-party dealers.

He said: “I’m pleased the Government is finally looking seriously at the proposed Lucy’s Law.

“Time is nearly up for squalid puppy breeding programmes.”

Lucy’s Law was founded by award-winning vet, Marc Abraham and is named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was saved from a rescue centre, but sadly died later, in 2016.

Marc Abraham said: “I’ve been privileged enough to have worked with Zac since 2014 to end puppy farming and he has been a phenomenal support throughout. To me, Zac is a perfect example of an MP relentless in his pursuit for positive change for animal welfare.

“Zac is always an absolute pleasure to work with, and his invaluable input has been hugely influential in making the exciting progress with Lucy’s Law.”

After the campaign presented a petition which topped 143,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street, George Eustice, minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, hinted that Lucy’s Law could become a reality.

Lucy’s Law hopes to completely end the concept of puppy farming, eradicating this form of pet cruelty as a result.