A LONG-SERVING MP is urging his constituents to have their say on the banning of third party pet sales.

Sir David Crausby has repeatedly raised concerns with the Government over the poor treatment of puppies by breeders in the last few years.

In December, he was one of 67 MPs to sign a motion in support of Lucy’s Law, which would make it illegal to sell puppies unless the mother is present.

Now the Government have indicated that they will consider this issue and have launched a consultation to look at the potential effects of introducing a ban on third party sales of pets in England.

The consultation is available at gov.uk/government/consultations/banning-third-party-sales-of-pets-in-england-call-for-evidence.

The Bolton North East MP said: “Some people are taking home a new pet to join their family only for it to become severely ill or even die, we can’t let that continue. We have to rethink how we buy and sell puppies and ensure that their welfare is protected.

“I’m pleased to see that the Government now appears willing to listen to people’s concerns.”