New laws set to keep pet breeders on tighter leash
NEW laws for those selling, giving away or purchasing pets came into effect this week to help improve animal welfare and give families more history about their furry, friends.
The legislation requires people selling or giving away cats or dogs to include an identification number in all advertisements. This number can be either a microchip number, a breeder identification number or a rehoming organisation number.
Dubbo veterinarian, Dr Ross Pedrana said this will help promote the responsible animal breeding of cats and dogs, as well as giving prospective pet owners confidence they are purchasing animals from a reputable source.
“This legislation will allow transparency of who is breeding and selling dogs and cats, as well as allowing traceability of the animals,” he told
“Correct vaccination administered by a veterinarian and verified with supporting documentation, including the microchip number, is vitally important when purchasing a cat or dog.”
Dr Pedrana stressed it is also important for people to understand that the sale or purchase of pets that are less than eight weeks of age is not permitted.
The new legislation has been introduced following a parliamentary inquiry into companion animal breeding practices and is supported by the updated NSW Pet Registry, a database of microchipped and registered cats and dogs that live in the state.
Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock said this database gives prospective pet owners easy access to information about an advertised animal including breed, age, gender and whether it’s de-sexed.
“The NSW Pet Registry is an important tool that allows pet owners to easily register their cat or dog, update contact details, report their pet missing, transfer ownership and pay the one-off registration fee.”
Its implementation will also allow relevant agencies to identify and deal with any problem breeders.
The new rule regarding advertising the sale or giveaway of a cat or dog applies to: All animals, no matter the age, even it is unborn;
To all breeders, professional, accidental or one-off;
All sellers, even if you did not breed the animal yourself. Disclaimer: Lydia Pedrana is daughter of Dubbo vet Ross Pedrana
Hayley Dorrington, Sarah Pye and Taylor Hind with cat Nina and dog Floyd whose wellbeing is the aim of newly introduced legislation. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/WENDY MERRICK