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New dog breeding legislation

Mount Isa City Council is urging all residents to be aware of new legislation in effect from Friday 26 May 2017.

From this date, any person giving away, selling, supplying or advertising dogs will be required to have a Supply Number identifying the registered breeder of the dogs.

Mayor Joyce McCulloch said state government is introducing the new laws to promote responsible dog breeding.

“The legislation applies only to dogs born on or after 26 May,” Cr McCulloch said.

“Dog breeders will need to apply for a Supply Number through the Queensland Dog Breeder Register, and will need to provide this number when giving away or advertising dogs.

“The Supply Number is attached to the breeder, not the dogs, so once you have a number it can be used across any number of litters.

“If your dog has an unplanned litter and you choose not to keep the pups, you will still need a Supply Number.

“Primary producers that breed working dogs do not have to register as breeders as long as they supply all of the dogs they breed to other primary producers as working dogs.”

Cr McCulloch said she hoped the new laws would encourage greater responsibility around dog ownership in Mount Isa.

“Currently there is far too much unnecessary breeding of dogs in Mount Isa resulting in unwanted pets and euthanasia,” she said.

“If the onus is placed on dog owners to control breeding in this way, we are one step closer to addressing the issues that this city has with this distressing situation.”

To register for a breeder Supply Number or for more information visit www.daf.gov.au

Details on dog breeding laws and responsible pet ownership including registration and micro-chipping, can be found on Council’s website http://www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/animal-management