Puppy farming laws “a good place to start”

Albany Animal Welfare President Sarah Carroll with two of their rescue dogs.  (Hannah Turner)

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The McGowan Government reintroduced a bill into Parliament to stop puppy farming in Western Australia last week.  

The new legislation involves mandatory dog sterilisation by two years of age, transitioning pet shops into adoption centres and the du-muzzling of greyhounds.

There was also the proposal for information on dogs and cats to be held in a registration system accessible across the state. 

Local Government Minister John Carey said the legislation has overwhelming support from the community.

“As a dog owner, I am passionate about getting these laws delivered to ensure we protect the welfare of dogs and give people greater confidence they’ve come from a reputable breeder,” he said.

“Our government is committed to delivering on these important laws to help prevent cruelty and give people confidence their puppies have come from legitimate and traceable sources.”

Albany Animal Welfare President Sarah Carroll said while it is a “long road ahead” this legislation is a step in the right direction.

“Definitely mandatory sterilisation would be a good place to start,” she said.

“I hope they do enforce [the new legislation] and we’re happy to offer financial assistance to anyone who’s finding it financially difficult to sterilise their pet.

“It’s not just going to be ‘pass this and it’s all going to be fixed’, I think this is just step one.

“Stopping puppy farming won’t stop people from buying the wrong dog or buying for the wrong reasons and it won’t make people commit to the training health and welfare responsibilities of owning a dog.”

People who wish to breed their dog will need to apply to become an approved breeder if the bill is passed.

The legislation includes an exemption for the sterilisation of livestock working dogs.

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