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.
The Department, in partnership with the local government sector and industry stakeholders has released a consultation paper to stop puppy farming in WA.
RSPCA defines puppy farming 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.
A range of proposals are addressed in the consultation paper to stop puppy farming including the introduction of mandatory dog de-sexing, mandatory dog breeding standards, a centralised dog registration system to track dogs and pet shops being transitioned into adoption centres.
The proposals will contribute to a more regulated breeding industry and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect due to puppy farms.
Community feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the broader community, industry and government sector.
The implementation of the proposals is being supported by an Implementation Working Group comprised of government and industry stakeholders.
Read the consultation paper and then complete the
Register to attend one of the below workshops to learn more.
Complete the submission form and email to
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Stop Puppy Farming Consultation Paper
Stop Puppy Farming Submission Form
Stop Puppy Farming Online Survey
Stop Puppy Farming Fact Sheets