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WA oppn calls for puppy breeder register
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 05:34:13 PM »
WA oppn calls for puppy breeder register         
  • June 06, 2014 3:43PM
WEST Australian Opposition Leader Mark McGowan is calling for the immediate introduction of a puppy breeder register to drive out dodgy dog dealers.

His comments come after Katherine Lisa King, 43, was found guilty of three animal cruelty charges on Thursday for keeping a dozen dogs in an underground bunker at her South Doodlakine property.

RSPCA inspectors discovered a further 38 dogs on her property, with many suffering from ear mite and secondary infections due to untreated conditions.

King was fined $11,000 by the Perth Magistrates Court and banned for five years from being within 10 metres of an animal.

Mr McGowan said WA had only voluntary registration for dog ownership.

"The most important thing we have to remember is let's stop it happening in the future with a proper registration system backed up by enforcement for puppy breeders to make sure the good
ones are in the business and the bad ones are kicked out the back door," he said.

"That is the only way we'll drive the mistreatment of our dogs out of the system."

Mr McGowan said people buying a puppy from a breeder should demand to see the pup's parents and look at the circumstances in which it was brought up.

And breeders should be required to prove their accreditation when advertising and selling puppies, he said.

"I think West Australians are shocked when they see what can happen and what is going on across this state," he said.

"If people are aware of mistreatment of animals, they should report it to the RSPCA."

In 1999, Mr McGowan introduced the state's second-largest petition to parliament, seeking to strengthen animal welfare laws, with about 66,000 signatures.

The legislation was passed through parliament in 2002.