NSW Puppy Farm Bill: Outrage after animal abusers allowed dogs to continue to breed

A horror pet breeding operation in which dogs have been left to suffer in their own filth will not be able to keep more than 105 dogs, sparking outrage from an MP.

An NSW lawmaker called for tougher penalties for pet abusers after a father and daughter dog breeding couple received a $ 20,000 fine for animal cruelty.

Court records show that Northern NSW dog breeders were convicted on May 2 for a total of 18 felonies.

The man was fined a total of $ 16,700 for failing to provide veterinary care, animal cruelty, and meeting requirements, while the woman was fined $ 4,200 for the latter offense and possessing an unsuitable electrical device. prescribed.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it raided the couple’s breeding operation in September 2020, checking the health of 441 dogs, including 250 puppies.

Inspectors rescued 21 adult dogs and 41 puppies from conditions they deemed “excruciating”.

The RSPCA said the couple kept the dogs on wet concrete floors in indoor kennel blocks.

“The vets concluded that the animals suffered from a number of health problems including ear infections, severe dental disease, intestinal worms, poor physical condition, conjunctivitis, matted coats, wounds and burns from urine,” said the RSPCA in a note.

“Written directions were given to defendants to seek veterinary treatment for 32 other dogs within 2-4 weeks.”

Magistrate Holly Kemp at the Inverell local court ordered the pair not to keep more than 80 breeding bitches and 25 stallions.

The breeders were also sentenced to pay the RSPCA $ 150,000 between themselves for the cost of caring for some animals.

In a parliamentary hearing on Monday, Animal Justice Party Emma Hurst stressed that state laws would not prevent the couple from continuing to breed dogs.

Ms Hurst has campaigned for stricter regulations for breeders and says her pet (puppy farm) amendment bill would help curb the problem.

“We have a situation where these people are able to continue running a facility with 100 dogs: how can that mean that the NSW government legislation is working; how is this good application? ”asked Ms. Hurst.

Deputy Director of the Department of Primary Industries Tara Black replied: “The role of the IPR is to administer the legislation and we have significant penalties available in the law, which courts and law enforcement can apply in a specific case that may be appropriate. “.

In comments made after the hearing, Ms. Hurst said it was “shocking” that people sentenced for animals can still raise cruel pets.

“Our laws are clearly letting pets down in this state,” he said.

“The committee has heard that many breeders in NSW have been found guilty of animal cruelty and are still allowed to run puppy farms.

“Laws to protect animals from known animal molesters must be introduced immediately to prevent more cases like this from occurring and puppy farming must be banned.”

Ms. Hurst’s bill has met with some opposition from ranchers and lobbyists, who argue that it would embarrass legitimate ranchers without being able to stop illegal activities.

Originally published as Outrage after animal abuser allowed to continue breeding dogs