May 2015 The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations imposes tougher criteria for those breeding and rearing dogs and puppies (applicable to those who keep three or more breeding bitches). Measures include a minimum staff ratio of 1.20 and a requirement to adopt socialisation plans for puppies. The Welsh Local Government Association will play a crucial role in the enforcement of these new Regulations.
May 2015 All dog breeders and sellers will need to be registered from 2020 under a new European Union Animal Health Law. The proposal was put forward by the Eurogroup for Animals to tackle the welfare issues of back street breeding and has been acccepted by the European Union.