RSPCA WA Welcomes Moves to End Indiscriminate Puppy Breeding

RSPCA WA Welcomes Moves to End Indiscriminate Puppy Breeding

RSPCA WA President Lynne Bradshaw today affirmed her support for Minister for Local Government, David Templeman’s plans to outlaw indiscriminate puppy breeding in WA.

Minister Templeman announced a public consultation period as the next step in developing legislation to protect dogs from suffering and neglect on puppy farms.

RSPCA WA has been an active participant in the working group developing the proposed legislation to regulate the dog breeding industry in Western Australia.

Currently, there are no specific laws regulating dog breeding in the state.

The FOUR proposed regulations include:

  1. Transitioning pet shops to adoption centres to stop puppies being sourced from puppy farms

  2. Desexing for non-breeding dogs to stop indiscriminate breeding 

  3. A centralised registration system to ensure all dogs can be traced back to the breeder

  4. Animal welfare standards for dogs to outline a minimum level of care 

RSPCA WA urges all West Australians to let the State Government know that you support changes to the law to stop puppy farming. For more information visit   

Comments attributed to RSPCA WA President, Lynne Bradshaw AM:

"West Australians who have inadvertently bought irresponsibly bred puppies can attest to the horrible physical, emotional and financial impact on their dog and their families. 

"RSPCA WA and other dog welfare organisations see the devastating consequences of irresponsible dog breeding and we need your help to stop it.

"RSPCA WA encourages all West Australians to speak up for dogs. Give them a voice. Have your say during the public consultation period open today (3 May) until 3 August."

Click here to read the Minister's Media release 


  • Pamela Susan Young:

    12 Feb 2020 17:27:36

    About time, tired if seeing puppies advertised for sale in country towns. How about adding kittens to this they are also part of the problem

  • Mary Fernando:

    06 Apr 2020 16:04:21

    It is incredible to see the practice of indiscriminate breeding has been going on for yonks. Why do humans indulge in this practice simply to make a miserable living. How can they sleep knowing that what they doing is unethical and immoral. Get educated and be trained for a job to help make the world a better place without using and abusing animals. These breeding dogs are not given appropriate care and when they are finished with the factory type job of producing puppies are simply thrown out worse than garbage. How can so-called intelligent beings called humans continue to do this?

    Well done to all those helping to stop this hideous and barbaric practice.

  • Name withheld:

    15 Apr 2020 15:15:02

    There is an illegal dog breeder in Bunbury, he posted on Facebook on 14 April his name is (removed by moderator). Selling 8 blue English staffy puppies born Monday 13 April for $2,000 each available 10 June. His wife (removed by moderator). They are not genuine dog breeders.

  • RSPCA:

    19 May 2020 12:09:44

    @Name Withheld: There are currently no regulations around dog breeding in WA – something that RSPCA WA is trying to work on with the WA Government. If you are concerned for the welfare of these puppies, you need to make a cruelty report to the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (278 358), or lodge an online complaint using the link at the very top of this page. Your details will be kept confidential at all times. RSPCA WA Inspectors are unable to follow up without a formal cruelty report.

  • Ruth Highman:

    16 Aug 2020 07:58:41

    Will this new legislation mean that the responsible family owned bitch who the family would like to allow their bitch to have x1 litter in her lifetime and perhaps keep 1 or 2 of her puppies and then responsibly sell/ home her other puppies, will no longer be able to do this?
    Will this legislation mean all the wonderful “mix breed” dogs will no longer be bred? I personally have known many beautiful mixed breed dogs and am saddened to think that in the future our lives will not be so richly blessed by their lives.

  • RSPCA:

    27 Aug 2020 09:37:40

    @Ruth Highman: These laws will allow you to breed your family owned bitch responsibly. To keep a dog that is not desexed, you will be required to apply for an Approval to Breed from your local council. When the puppies are born, you will need to register them, and they will each be given their own ID number. If you want to sell them or give them to other people, you will need to include that ID number in any advertising or promotion – that way, people can check that number on a central database to make sure that the puppies come from a bona fide person who has taken care of them.

    What these laws will prevent is someone breeding their dog over and over and over again and selling the puppies without ID numbers. With no ID, you can’t sell puppies. You can find more information here:

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