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    Puppy farms: Dogs Trust welfare call ahead of new rules

    NewsDog Health and WellbeingWednesday 25 July 2012
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    According to BBC, "a dog charity is urging the Welsh government to put welfare first as it prepares new rules to tackle bad breeding practices in puppy farms.

    The Dogs Trust wants to limit the number of litters a dog can have annually and the number of breeding bitches in an owner's care.

    Following consultation the Welsh government will be making a decision on the next step shortly.

    It said it was committed to raising standards of animal welfare.

    Breeding regulations are one of three separate pieces of planned legislation. Compulsory microchipping is out to public consultation, which ends next month.

    New rules over dangerous dogs are also planned, but consultation has not started.

    The Dogs Trust said it had worked closely with the Welsh government over the breeding regulations and was part of a working group. Public consultation ended in May."

    Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show in Powys, Sian Edwards, the campaign manager for the Dogs Trust in Wales, said the Welsh government was expected to announce its proposals for dog breeding regulations any day.

    "There are some good breeders out there, but the new regulations need to have tight controls to stop the commercial ventures," she said.

    "Some puppies from these ventures are sold by dealers who distribute them to pet shops, which can lead to sick and poorly socialised dogs.

    "Compulsory microchipping will help improve traceability and will help with enforcement."

    She added: "I'd like to see controls over breeding bitches and the amount of litters they produce every year.

    "I think there should be no more than three breeding bitches in an owner's care and they should have no more than three litters a year, otherwise it's going into puppy farm territory."

    Source: BBC News

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