Stop Puppy Farming

Dogs are an important part of many Western Australian families and promoting responsible dog ownership and the future health and welfare of dogs is a key priority for the State Government.

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A dog and a puppy

The election commitment

The State Government made a commitment to stop puppy farming and regulate the breeding and sale of dogs in WA.

A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

News

Latest news on the Stop Puppy Farming project.

Close up image of a puppy's face

Consultation

The department released a consultation paper in partnership with the local government sector and industry stakeholders.

A group of puppies

Proposed new laws

The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 has been drafted and will be introduced into Parliament.

A puppy with a santa hat

Adopt don't shop

Western Australians are being urged to 'Adopt Don't Shop' and give rescued dogs a second chance by adopting a new household pet.

A greyhound

Dog standards and guidelines

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is developing standards and guidelines for dog breeding, housing, husbandry, transport and sale.

The election commitment

In 2017, the State Government made a commitment to stop puppy farming and regulate the breeding and sale of dogs in WA.  

Puppy farming is defined as an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs' behavioural, social and/or physiological needs. Puppy farming can include small-scale, as well as large-scale dog breeding operations. 

Puppy farming can lead to extensive long-term health and behavioural issues in dogs.  

The Government proposed to introduce the following provisions to stop puppy farming: 

  • introduce mandatory dog de-sexing for non-breeding dogs
  • introduce a centralised registration system to ensure every dog and puppy can be identified and traced 
  • introduce mandatory standards for dog breeding, housing, husbandry, transport and sale
  • transition pet shops into adoption centres.  

The intention of the proposals is to contribute to a more regulated breeding industry and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect due to puppy farms.

News

Proposed new laws

Following consultation with the community, the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2019 has been drafted and will be introduced into Parliament in the coming weeks.

The bill will amend the Dog Act 1976 and introduce the Government's proposed stop puppy farming initiatives, as well as removing the requirement for pet greyhounds to be muzzled in public places.

The following fact sheets provide further information on the bill:

Overwhelming support was received from Western Australians for the proposed reforms. Further information on what was heard during consultation is available below. 

Once the bill has been passed, the new proposed laws will come into effect in a staged approach. There will be a lead-in time for a number of the initiatives.

A public awareness campaign will be launched to inform the community on when the initiatives will come into effect and how it will affect different stakeholders.

Standards and guidelines for the health and welfare of dogs in WA

As part of the State Government’s stop puppy farming commitment, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is developing standards and guidelines for dog breeding, housing, husbandry, transport and sale.

More information about the standards and guidelines can be found on DPIRD’s website.

Adopt Don't Shop

Stop pupp farming: adopt don't shop

Western Australians are being urged to 'Adopt Don't Shop' and give rescued dogs a second chance by adopting a new household pet.

It is estimated that between 4000 to 5000 dogs are rehomed each year by rehoming organisations and local government pounds.

By adopting a dog, Western Australians can help to reduce the burden on these organisations and ensure a better life for our companion animals.

Currently, the Government provides annual funding to various animal rescue and shelter organisations to support the rescue and re-homing of dogs.

For more information on where you can adopt a pet, contact:

Dogs' Refuge Home WA, Shenton Park

Website dogshome.org.au
Telephone 61 8 9381 8166

RSPCA WA, Malaga  

Website rspcawa.asn.au
Website adoptapet.com.au
Telephone 61 8 9209 9300

Animal Protection Society, Southern River

Website apswa.asn.au
Telephone 61 8 9398 6616
Email info@apswa.asn.au

Swan Animal Haven, Wattle Grove

Website swananimalhaven.asn.au
Telephone 61 8 9293 2047
Telephone 0498 235 680

K9 Rescue Group, Nambeelup

Website k9dogrescue.org.au
Telephone 61 8 9581 9005

SAFE Animal Shelters, WA-wide

Website safe.org.au
For contact details of a relevant branch, visit their website

Page reviewed 06 May 2019