The new laws are part of the Palaszczuk Government’s latest animal welfare reforms and will ensure the essential needs of breeding dogs and their puppies, including working dogs, are met.
“We love our dogs, but we need to vigilant about their welfare, especially at a breeder level.
“The new laws set minimum standards for the care, shelter, breeding and socialisation, which will apply to all dog breeders including those breeding pets or working dogs.
“The Palaszczuk Government recognises that breeding dogs have specific needs and require specialised care,” Chris Whiting said.
Last year the Palaszczuk Government introduced the Queensland Dog Breeder Register, to help locate breeders who put profit before the welfare of dogs.
“We are committed to sweeping reforms to promote responsible dog breeding and ensure that action can be taken when irresponsible practices are found.
“Since the introduction of the Register more than 18,000 dog breeders have registered,” Chris Whiting said.
Chris Whiting said that the new laws are the next step to ensure that all dog breeders are aware of and meeting acceptable animal welfare standards.
Dog breeders who fail to comply with the new laws will be investigated and penalties may apply.
Complaints about dog breeders who are failing to meet the mandatory standards can be made to DAF on 13 25 23 or the RSPCA on 1300 264 625, or https://qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au/