Stop Puppy Farming - Public Consultation Now Open

Published: Thursday, 10 May 2018 at 7:00:00 AM

Public consultation now open

The Department, in partnership with local government and industry stakeholders, has launched a consultation paper outlining a range of different proposals to prevent puppy farms in WA.

Dogs are an important part of many Western Australian families and promoting responsible dog ownership and the future health and welfare of dogs is a key priority for the State Government.

The overbreeding of dogs in WA is evidenced by the number of dogs surrendered to animal shelters and refuges.  The RSPCA WA takes in approximately 700 dogs each year.

The proposed options will contribute to a more regulated breeding industry and a reduction in the number of dogs needing rehoming and suffering neglect due to puppy farms.

Community feedback is essential to enable a well-informed decision on the impact of the changes across the broader community, industry and government sector.

Your community can get involved by:

You can assist by encouraging your communities to get involved by sharing this important message on social and online media/news platforms and your website.   

Local government consultation

Local governments play a key role in the management and control of dogs in their communities and have an opportunity to improve animal welfare and management by providing feedback on the stop puppy farming proposals, including how these can be best implemented.    

The Department, in conjunction with WALGA and LG Professionals Australia WA, will be undertaking targeted consultation with local governments.

More information on targeted consultation will follow soon. For more information email

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