“DODGY” puppy farms might find it harder to sell their animals to pet stores, as part of a new move to ensure shops source dogs only from breeders who meet animal welfare standards.The Pet Industry Association of Australia said yesterday its member stores would from October sell only puppies from association-approved breeders, whose operations were subject to an independent audit by a veterinarian each year.
As well, any dog bought from one of the member stores would be saved from euthanasia and rehomed in the event its owner abandoned it, through a partnership with the RSPCA.
The new policy was launched at the NSW Parliament in Sydney yesterday, with television vet Dr Harry Cooper on hand to speak in support.
He said Australians had a great affiliation with animals, and the association’s approach would microchip puppies at birth, allowing consumers to make an informed choice about where they bought their pet.
Also speaking in support was Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell, who heads the state government’s Companion Animal taskforce, which was established last year and involves industry groups.
Mr Cornwell, who runs a veterinarian practice at Cardiff, said the association’s approach would help stamp out cruel breeding practices.
The taskforce was also looking at new measures and would make recommendations this year about potential changes to laws.