Perth Now; July 7, 2011
A BACKYARD dog breeder in Spearwood has signed an undertaking not to sell diseased animals or any animal which has not been vet-checked after landmark legal action was taken out against her.
The legal action against Fay Marie Armstrong, 57, by WA’s Commissioner for Consumer Protection, was the first of its kind under new Australian Consumer Laws which came into effect at the start of this year.
Ms Armstrong, who operates out of her home in Spearwood, signed an enforceable undertaking last week, which means she can only sell animals which have been certified as healthy by a vet, are vaccinated and free from illnesses such as parvovirus, hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza and bordatellabronciosepta.
Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll said the consequences of breaching these Supreme Court undertakings would be serious.
“We felt this action against Ms Armstrong was necessary after numerous reports from consumers who had bought animals from her, only to find their new pets were dying, or very ill, with contagious diseases,” Ms Driscoll said.
“Some had to have their pets put down, while others paid for expensive vet treatment.”
Ms Driscoll said consumers who plan to purchase animals should have them examined or certified by a vet to help ensure they are healthy at the time of sale.
“Animals with diseases and health problems should not be sold to unsuspecting buyers and pets which have been given proper care should not die only a few weeks after purchase,” she said.
“Traders can argue that the animal may have contracted the condition after purchase so a pre-purchase health check is strongly recommended.”