Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA

Page last updated: Wednesday, 14 August 2019 - 7:02am

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The Western Australian Government recognises the value of animal welfare to the community and strives to ensure that all animals receive appropriate standards of care. As companions and working animals, dogs have an important place in the lives of many Western Australians.

Draft Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in Western Australia (Dog Standards and Guidelines) were developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in consultation with a writing group with members from the RSPCA WA, the Australian Veterinary Association, the Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, and Dogs West.

The development of standards and guidelines establishes minimum requirements and recommended practices to protect and promote the welfare of dogs. This work also supports the Government’s election commitment to the Stop Puppy Farming initiative, which includes the introduction of Mandatory Standards for Dog Breeding, Housing, Husbandry, Transport and Sale. More information on the Stop Puppy Farming project can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

The department’s consultation on the Dog Standards and Guidelines ran from 10 April to 7 June 2019. More than 1300 online survey responses and over 100 written submissions were received by the department during the consultation period. The department appreciates the time taken by the WA community to comment on the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines and thanks all respondents for their input into the process.

The department has published a Consultation summary report which summarises the responses to the online survey and key themes raised in feedback to the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines.

Written submissions, where not marked as ‘confidential’, have been published here. Please be aware that some written submissions contain graphic images.

What happens now?

The department is reviewing the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines giving consideration to the submissions received and making amendments where appropriate.

The way in which the standards could be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 will be considered in conjunction with the finalisation of the Dog Standards and Guidelines.