End to the ‘ puppy farmers’
FAMILIES looking to buy a dog or cat will have greater access to information about their prospective pet under new “anti-puppy farm” laws.
To be introduced into state parliament this week, the new laws will require sellers to include an identity number to allow potential buyers to look up the animal on a pet register to be launched later this year.
The pet register, to be overseen by the Office of Local Government, will include details such as the microchip number, breed, age, registration and if it has been desexed.
Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton said the Companion Animals and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, which formed part of the Animal Welfare Action Plan, w was the first step in cleaning up the local pet trade.
The pet register would have a dual function for animal welfare enforcement agencies, w which would enable a crackdown on breeders doing the w wrong thing, she said. Penalties for failing to advertise or falsifying an identity number w will apply, with exemptions given to working dogs.
The plan can be found on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.