RSPCA WA Inspectors have removed 66 animals from a property in Gingin.

The animals appear to be in good condition and RSPCA WA would like to make it clear that this was a surrender of animals – there is no welfare issue with this case at this stage, and there is no evidence to suggest any contravention of the Animal Welfare Act. 

This is simply a case of dog breeders with too many animals who have contravened local council by-laws. This case has highlighted just why dog breeding legislation is needed in WA.

Seven Inspectors attended the property in Gingin this morning, and removed 46 dogs and 20 cats. The dogs include French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, Maltese and Shih Tsu. The cats surrendered include Sphynx and Munchkin breeds. A further five animals were removed yesterday.

All animals will be assessed for any medical or behavioural issues and will enter our rehoming program. The animals will be visible on the RSPCA adoption website – www.adoptapet.com.au – when they are ready for adoption. 

Currently in WA there are no regulations around dog breeding or puppy farms. This case demonstrates why it’s so important to have a regulated dog breeding industry, and why it’s so important that consumers know exactly where their new pets are coming from, and under what conditions they have been bred.

RSPCA WA is part of the working group developing a framework for dog breeding legislation. Among the measures being considered are:

  • Establishing a centralised registration system to identify a puppy at the point of sale or adoption, so consumer will know exactly where their new pet has come from;
  • Introducing mandatory standards for dog breeding, housing, husbandry and transport, so consumers will know that their puppy is has come from a sound, healthy environment;
  • Introduce a targeted inspection and enforcement system to ensure compliance.

The legislation workgroup is being managed by Department for Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, David Templeman.

The animals will eventually become available for adoption. Please note, we are unable to take orders, expressions of interest, or create a waitlist for these animals. Due to the volume of messages we receive, adoption requests will not be answered. Please keep an eye on our adoption website https://www.adoptapet.com.au/ which is updated daily.

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  • Helen Robartson:

    19 Jan 2018 18:29:36

    How sad to see so many beautiful animals like this. Comments about people wanting “designer” dogs instead of adopting one of the many dogs in shelters around Perth do not take account of the fact many of these dogs are “Staffy x” dogs which do not suit everyone. We have been searching for a small lap dog for much of 2017 but the only ones available are in pet shops, on Gumtree, ebay or the Quokka and are very expensive. Seeing these animals goes some way to explain why. We will be seeking to adopt one and hope we are successful this time.
    The RSPCA does good work. Thank you, Helen Robartson

  • Charina reynolds:

    20 Jan 2018 07:59:38

    I would be interested on the animals in north perth seize. We are keen on anything Pomeranian, Japanese spitz, malpoo and longhair cats. Thanks you so much

  • Yvette Hoskin:

    20 Jan 2018 17:02:06

    I would be interested in adopting 2 of the Sphinx cats confiscated from the Gingin property recently.

    I have 2 acres of land in Beverley that I own ….no rental problems, I have 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Pug both wormed, vaccinated, sterilised, microchipped and insured.

    The cats would be kept inside as per our council regulations and also sterilised, microchipped and insured.

    I live on my own and work full time so 2 could keep each other company and I earn enough to be able to provide their ongoing expenses and vet care.

  • John alford:

    21 Jan 2018 08:22:37

    Saw your web Siite of 66 rescue dogs & cats. Love to have a dog when one is available (DOG). it,s ashame when something like this happens.

  • Christa Snyman:

    21 Jan 2018 12:12:59

    We would be interested in fostering or adopting one of the dogs rescued on Friday.

  • Tony Denman:

    22 Jan 2018 18:23:14

    I would be very keen on a french bulldog or maybe 2 if they are avaliable could you please let me know as we will lookig elsewhere by the weekend

  • Abdiel escobar:

    26 Jan 2018 08:04:04

    I’m interested in rehoming the bulldog or tsu when they are ready.

  • Tom:

    06 Feb 2018 14:48:15


    I was wondering if you guys had a timeframe for when these dogs become available?



    21 Mar 2018 12:01:56

    Hi Tom, Keep checking www.adoptapet.com.au – they will be posted on there once they are ready to be rehomed. All of the animals required desexing, but on top of that, many also require additional surgeries to correct some issues, such as patellar luxation, blocked airways, and cherry eye.

  • Janice tingley:

    12 Jun 2018 21:57:28

    Hi there RSPCA
    I was just wondering how these rescued dogs are healing and if any will be available for adoption soon

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