New consultation opens on dog breeding legislation
4:01pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
MID and west Wales AM Rebecca Evans is urging people to have their say on Welsh Government plans to raise dog breeding standards in Wales.
Earlier this summer ministers laid draft regulations to ensure greater controls around dog breeding, however, they were later withdrawn because there was a lack of clarity around whether the required staff to dog ratio excluded puppies.
Mrs Evans said: “I know from my postbag that dog breeding is something that many people have very strong feelings about, and that people are keen that the forthcoming regulations are robust and fit for purpose.
“There are around 2,000 dog breeding establishments in Wales, and many of these are in the mid and west Wales region I represent. The forthcoming regulations must safeguard the welfare of adult dogs and their puppies, and enable enforcement agencies to prevent, identify and stamp out poor practice.”
The new consultation clarifies that the proposed staff to dog ratio would only apply to adult dogs, which for the purpose of the consultation are defined as those over six months old. The Welsh Government is proposing a minimum of one full time attendant to 20 adult dogs and one part time attendant to ten adult dogs.
It is also proposing that in granting licenses to a breeder, local authorities will have the power to increase the staff to adult dog ratio if it thinks that is necessary for a particular breeding establishment.
The consultation will run until October 14 and it can be viewed at www.wales.gov.uk/consultations