The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is currently developing options to address the State's key election commitment to stop puppy farming and the number of unwanted dogs in Western Australia.
Consultation with key stakeholders to develop the options is underway and will inform a consultation paper to be released in 2018.
Key actions proposed in the Stop Puppy Farming election commitment included a centralised dog registration system, compulsory dog sterilisation and pet shops being transitioned to adoption centres.
Dog breeders, pet shops, veterinarians, local governments, dog owners, and members of the community will be invited to actively participate when the consultation paper is released.
The project will be supported by an Implementation Working Group that will provide recommendations on how the options can be implemented. The working group will include representatives from:
Australian Federation for Livestock Working Dogs
Local Government Professionals Australia WA
Australian Veterinary Association
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
Pet Industry Association of Australia
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (Consumer Protection division)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Animal Welfare Regulation division)
WA Rangers Association
Dogs Refuge Home WA
WA Local Government Association
The Implementation Working Group will be chaired by Lisa Baker MLA, Member for Maylands.
The Dog Act 1976 is not being reviewed as part of this process. A review of the Dog Act will take place after January 2019.
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