Queensland Government. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Unregistered dog breeders barking up the wrong tree
Whether you make a living breeding, selling or caring for dogs, or your familypet has unplanned pups that need good homes, chances are you’re passionateabout your animals.
While most of us put our furry friends first, a small number of unethical dogbreeders are more interested in profit than the welfare of their animals.
That’s why the Queensland Government has established the new Queensland DogBreeder Register to help authorities locate dog breeders and give dog buyerspeace of mind when looking for a new pet.
The new online register opened on 26 May 2017. If your dog has puppies born onor after this date, you must register.
Registering is quick, easy and free. Breeders need to log their details within28 days of their puppies being born and will be issued with a uniqueidentification number, known as a supply number. This applies to regular andoccasional breeders (including backyard litters), with specific exceptions forsome working dog producers.
Pounds and shelters that re-home dogs must apply for a supply number andprovide it with any dogs that they advertise, sell or give away that do notalready have one listed in their microchip information.
Retail outlets are not permitted to have their own supply number unless theyactually breed dogs. If you sell or supply a dog to a pet shop, the businessmust display your supply number, identifying you as the breeder. Each andevery advertisement for dogs born on or after 26 May 2017 – including ads onFacebook, Gumtree and other websites – must include a valid supply number.
Chief Biosecurity Officer, Dr Jim Thompson, from the Department of Agricultureand Fisheries reinforced that all breeders and suppliers, including pet shops,must display a supply number when giving away, selling or advertising dogs orpuppies. It must also be included in the microchip information of the dog.
“A supply number provides lifetime traceability of a dog’s origin,” DrThompson explained.
“We’re urging people to check the Queensland Dog Breeder Register beforeobtaining a new dog and to only buy from registered breeders with valid supplynumbers.”
The Queensland Dog Breeder Register is available at qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au. Formore information about the register or animal welfare in Queensland, pleasevisit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.
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