City backs dog law changes
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.