City backs dog law changes

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jamie Shurmer

CAN­NING Coun­cil has unan­i­mously sup­ported the State Gov­ern­ment’s moves to stop puppy farm­ing and of­fered a re­sponse to the State’s pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion paper.

The State Gov­ern­ment has com­mit­ted to in­tro­duce laws to stop puppy farm­ing and the sup­ply chains that sup­port the in­dus­try, im­prove the health and wel­fare of dogs in Western Aus­tralia, and stop the over-breed­ing of dogs.

Cr Pa­trick Hall said he was par­tic­u­larly pas­sion­ate about the City’s re­sponse as a for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Dogs’ Refuge Home.

“The City of Can­ning is in­ad­ver­tently a ma­jor stake­holder in this State Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive and of dog wel­fare in gen­eral, be­ing the home of the ex­ten­sive Can­ning Vale Ken­nel Area and also the state’s only metropoli­tan grey­hound rac­ing track at Can­ning­ton,” Cr Hall said.

“The City is well-placed to play a key role in this im­por­tant re­form.”

In its re­sponse to the con­sul­ta­tion paper, the City said it wanted to see the costs of the changes cov­ered by in­creas­ing reg­is­tra­tion fees and fines, and feels fees should be con­sis­tent across the State.

The City favours lim­ited reg­is­tra­tions for pup­pies up to three months and full reg­is­tra­tion upon de-sex­ing but ac­knowl­edges all op­tions were prob­lem­atic.

Manda­tory de-sex­ing should ap­ply to dogs born after a cer­tain date only, ac­cord­ing to the City.

In the State sur­vey, the City said there were ben­e­fits to coun­cils subsidising reg­is­tra­tion costs, in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing a greater rate of reg­is­tra­tion, and of­fer­ing an ex­tra in­cen­tive for dog own­ers to in­vest in dog be­hav­iour train­ing.

It would also re­lieve a fi­nan­cial bur­den that would other­wise be felt by 34 to 42 per cent of house­holds.

The City feels any cen­tralised dog reg­is­tra­tion data­base should not in­clude owner de­tails, just the dog breeder name and num­ber.

It agrees that live­stock work­ing dogs should be ex­empt as a class from manda­tory dog de-sex­ing and it feels lo­cal gov­ern­ments are best placed to mon­i­tor com­pli­ance with de-sex­ing.

The item was moved by Cr Hall and sec­onded by Cr Lind­say Hol­land.

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