Courier Mail ; ROBYN IRONSIDE; April 17, 2013
NO PUPPY put up for sale in pet shops will be put down in Queensland under a new policy announced at State Parliament yesterday.
Agriculture Minister John McVeigh joined eight-week-old pups Bobby and Phil for the announcement of an agreement between the Pet Industry Association of Australia and the RSPCA.
Under the deal, micro-chipped “ethically sourced” puppies sold through Queensland’s 140 or so PIAA member pet stores will be re-homed if abandoned or returned.
It is not known how many pups are destroyed if they are unwanted after being bought from pet shops but RSPCA CEO Mark Townend said the figure could be considerable.
About 40,000 dogs a year are put down in Queensland but that includes those euthanased for medical reasons.
PIAA Chief Executive Roger Perkins said the new policy was about guaranteeing “happy pets for life”.
“Previously that dog may’ve been euthanased for no decent reason because it was unable to be rehomed. Now we’ve struck this deal with the RSPCA, they will take that dog into their care and rehome it.”
Mr Townend said contrary to common belief, the RSPCA did not put down dogs after a certain period unless there was a behavioural or medical reason to do so.
All pups sold in PIAA member stores would also be guaranteed not to come from “puppy farms”, Mr Perkins said.