Gold Coast News; Melinda Marshall | February 5th, 2010
GOLD Coast pet owners will need a licence if they want their dog or cat to have a litter, under proposed new regulations slammed by pet shop owners as ‘mandatory desexing by stealth’.
The City Council intends to introduce permits to target backyard breeders and cut the number of unwanted kittens and puppies.
The State Government-backed pilot program could be adopted statewide.
Pet Industry Association state co-ordinator Paul Westaway slammed the scheme which requires permit holders to desex kittens when they sell them or give them away. Puppies will escape the snip.
“It’s mandatory desexing by stealth,” said Mr Westaway, a member of the stakeholder group that developed the plan.
“It is impinging on people’s rights.”
Animal Welfare League strategic development officer Joy Verrinder, who led the stakeholder group, said cats intended for breeding would be exempt from desexing.
The scheme would reduce the euthanasia of 4000 cats and dogs on the Gold Coast each year, she said.
Breeders and pet owners alike would have to apply for a permit if they wanted their animals to breed, and comply with an animal welfare code of practice.
If the permit plan is approved at the council’s Monday meeting, it will go out for public comment and is expected to come into force mid-year.
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