Central Highlands Regional Council has welcomed the state government’s new dog breeder laws, which come into effect this Friday.
From 26 May 2017, any person giving away, supplying, selling or advertising dogs born on or after that date must have a breeder identification number, known as a supply number.
Mayor Cr Kerry Hayes said the new legislation would help stamp out irresponsible backyard breeders and unethical puppy farms.
‘Council’s recent desexing campaign, Neuter and Spay May, highlighted the overwhelming number of unwanted animals we see come through our pounds every month,’ he said.
‘This is a growing problem and one as a community we desperately want to solve. This initiative will go a long way in helping to reduce these sad statistics locally, but also across the entire state. It will also ensure a high standard for the management and care of breeding dogs.’
Cr Hayes said the new tool meant residents would be able to easily ensure they are buying from a reputable breeder.
He said new dog owners could also trace the puppy back to their breeder if there are any issues.
‘We urge anyone looking for a new addition to their family to only buy dogs with a valid supply number, whether it’s from a pet shop, a professional kennel or through an advertisement,’ he said.
The new laws will apply to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters) – with specific exceptions for some working dogs.’
Breeders will need to log their details on the new Queensland Dog Breeder Register within 28 days of their puppies being born. This requirement will start after the new legislation commences on 26 May 2017.
For more information about the Queensland Dog Breeder Register or animal welfare in Queensland, please visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au