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The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 (the Bill) was introduced into Parliament after overwhelming support was received from Western Australians for the proposed reforms.

The Bill made amendments to the Dog Act 1976 as part of the State Government’s commitment to Stop Puppy Farming by regulating the breeding and sale of dogs in Western Australia.

The Bill was not debated in the Legislative Council and there are no further Parliamentary sittings until the next State general election in March 2021.

As the Bill has not yet been passed, under the Dog Act 1976:

  • Dog de-sexing, is not mandatory, except for dangerous dogs;
  • Dog breeders and dog owners are not required to be registered to breed from their dog;
  • Each local government continues to hold registration information on dogs and cats in their district;
  • Pet shops can continue to supply live dogs and puppies in-store.

Following the State election, the elected government will determine its legislative agenda, policies and priorities. 

More information

Information about buying a pet and questions to ask a seller can be found on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety's website. 

Fact sheets on the proposed provisions and more information are available on our website.

Email puppyfarming@dlgsc.wa.gov.au

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Page reviewed 07 September 2021