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.
More information on the proposed changes will be made available on this website when the Bill is introduced to Parliament.
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.
The department, in partnership with the local government sector and industry stakeholders, released a consultation paper on the Government's proposals
in May 2018.
The department undertook consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and held community workshops across Western Australia.
Consultation on the proposals closed in August 2018.
The department received 4754 submissions from dog owners, dog breeders, dog trainers, local governments, pet shops, and rescue organisations.
The summary consultation report and consultation report provide
information on the overall feedback heard during feedback.
Online and interview surveys
Respondents could provide feedback on the stop puppy farming proposals in a variety of ways, including by:
- attending a workshop
- completing an online survey
- participating in an interview survey at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 and/ or the Western Australian Local Government Association Convention 2018
- providing a written submission
- completing the public submission form.
3,944 submissions were received from respondents that undertook an online survey or interview survey.
The results of the feedback from the online survey and interview surveys has been compiled into the Stop Puppy Farming Community Consultation Report.