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    New Welsh regulation on Puppy Farms

    NewsUK Dog NewsThursday 11 August 2011

    The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, has conformed that new law is going to be introduced in Wales this autumn in order to end up with poor animal conditions in “puppy farms” and enhance animal welfare.

    The Welsh Government has led the way on animal welfare by becoming the first in the UK to introduce a ban on the use of electronic shock collars on dogs and cats. In July, a dog owner from Ogmore became the first to be prosecuted for using an illegal electric shock collar under the new regulations. The individual was fined £2,000 by local magistrates with a £1,000 costs.

    The new regulations that are going to be implemented in Autumn are aimed to improve standards in dog breeding that include: tightening the thresholds where a dog breeding licence is required;  defining a staff to dog ratio; introducing compulsory  microchipping of puppies  prior to sale from licensed breeding premises; recognising the need for behaviour and socialisation of animals to be taken account of in the licensing requirements to meet the obligations in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  

    To find more information about the issue please visit the Welsh Government website here.

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