The discovery of malnourished dogs, some in need of urgent veterinary care, at a remote rural property near Goondiwindi, has firmed the State Government stance on puppy farms.
Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne says there’s no place in Queensland for cruel and unethical exploitation of dogs for profit.
“Absolutely no place in a civilized society for puppy farms, we will not tolerate animal cruelty on any level. We went to the election promising to shut down puppy farms and we have worked with the RSPCA and responsible breeders to it.”
“That is why our Protecting Puppies legislation makes it mandatory for breeders to register and provide a supply number when selling, giving away or advertising a dog.”
From 26 May all dog breeders in Queensland will need to be registered. Anyone seeking to buy a puppy will then be able to know instantly if the pet is being supplied by a breeder who is registered and complies with legislation.
Minister Byrne praised the Queensland Police Service and RSPCA for the operation to rescue 91 animals from the property at Glenarbon.