New dog breeder laws come into ef­fect

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land gov­ern­ment will in­tro­duce new dog breed­ing laws start­ing May 26.

These laws are aimed at in­tro­duc­ing reg­u­la­tions that will al­low all farm-bred pup­pies to be traced back to their breeder.

It re­quires all peo­ple giv­ing away, sup­ply­ing, sell­ing or ad­ver­tis­ing dogs or pup­pies to have a sup­ply num­ber that iden­ti­fies the reg­is­tered breeder of that dog.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries Bill Byrne said the laws will ap­ply to any­one giv­ing away, sup­ply­ing, sell­ing or ad­ver­tis­ing dogs born on or af­ter that date.

“Many Queens­lan­ders are con­cerned about the wel­fare of dogs and pup­pies be­ing sold and sup­plied in our state,” Mr Byrne said.

“Now we will have a tool that we can build over time to ad­dress this gap and give peo­ple and fam­ily buy­ing pets more in­for­ma­tion about the pet’s back­ground so they know they are buy­ing from a rep­utable breeder.”

There are ex­cep­tions, Mr Byrne said.

Dogs born be­fore May 26 will be ex­empt, as will pri­mary pro­duc­ers breed­ing work­ing dogs.

Pri­mary pro­duc­ers must regis­ter as a breeder if they sup­ply any dogs for non-work­ing pur­poses.

Sup­ply num­bers for breed­ers can be ob­tained by reg­is­ter­ing with the Queens­land Dog Breeder regis­ter.

Pre-ex­ist­ing breeder per­mit num­bers sup­plied by local gov­ern­ment or gov­ern­ment-ap­proved ac­cred­ited breed­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions can also be used as a sup­ply num­ber.

Regis­ter on­line at qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au or over the phone via 13 25 23.

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