Bark­ing up wrong tree

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THE City of Gos­nells has re­jected ster­il­i­sa­tion mea­sures in the State Govern­ment's Stop Puppy Farm­ing con­sul­ta­tion pa­pers, say­ing it will make dog own­er­ship too ex­pen­sive.

The con­sul­ta­tion pa­pers were re­leased for public com­ment in May, with mea­sures aimed at stop­ping puppy farm­ing within WA, in­clud­ing manda­tory dog de-sex­ing and breed­ing stan­dards, a cen­tralised regis­tra­tion sys­tem and turn­ing pet shops into adop­tion cen­tres.

Gos­nells Mayor Glenn De­whurst said the City's sub­mis­sion on the pa­per out­lined con­cerns the pro­pos­als were a broad ap­proach that would af­fect all dog own­ers.

“It is likely that manda­tory ster­il­i­sa­tion will re­duce the sup­ply of dogs and po­ten­tially drive breed­ers un­der­ground. I am ex­tremely con­cerned that if the sup­ply of dogs is se­verely re­stricted, prices will in­crease dra­mat­i­cally,” he said.

“This could make it un­af­ford­able for the aver­age per­son to pur­chase a dog.”

He said giv­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in this area could re­sult in res­i­dents also bear­ing a rate in­crease.

Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man said they were aim­ing for a more reg­u­lated breed­ing in­dus­try and a drop in the num­ber of dogs that were ne­glected or aban­doned.

“As an un­reg­u­lated in­dus­try in Western Aus­tralia, puppy farm­ing is able to op­er­ate with­out scru­tiny, re­sult­ing in many un­wanted dogs at an­i­mal shel­ters,” he said.

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