The Code has been remade
The Victorian Government has taken action to further crack down on illegal puppy and kitten farms.
The Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses 2014 incorporates two new requirements.
The two new requirements are:
- All female breeding bitches must have a general health check by a veterinarian within eight weeks post-partum (after whelping)
- A female dog must have no more than five litters in her lifetime, after which she must be retired from breeding.
These changes only affect dog breeding establishments.
All businesses need to be fully compliant with the 2014 Code – except where a business has agreed conditions on their registration with council. All businesses are encouraged to talk with their local council on achieving compliance with the code.
The new Code will come into effect from Thursday 30 October and replace the current code.
New Funding for the RSPCA to enforce the Breeding Code
To complement the strengthening of the breeding code, the RSPCA will also receive additional funding to help enforce these regulations across Victoria.
$6 million over four years will enable the RSPCA to police the code and provide health care, rehabilitation and rehoming services for seized animals.
This increase in funding follows recent changes that have provided the RSPCA with additional powers to identify and shutdown illegally operating breeding businesses.
There is also increased scrutiny on the selling of pets with the recent introduction of mandatory record keeping.
This will help the RSPCA to identify and shut down illegal businesses when they are selling cats and dogs.