Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has vowed to crack down on Victorian puppy farms.May 20, 2014 11:00pm
Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has vowed to crack down on Victorian puppy farms.
His plan to introduce tough new measures if elected at November’s state elections comes just weeks after animals were seized from a puppy farm near Pyramid Hill.
The RSPCA seized a number of puppies from the farm earlier this month, after more than 100 were taken from another farm near Pyramid Hill in November.
Mr Andrews said Labor would provide the RSPCA with additional resources to tackle puppy farms and toughen up their inspectorate capacity, as well as work with the RSPCA and local councils to address this issue.
If in government, Mr Andrews also promised to amend the code of practice for dog breeding businesses to ensure female dogs cannot have any more than five litters and reinstate mandatory breeding vet checks.
In December, Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh launched a code to regulate the treatment of breeding animals, including clauses outlining a cap on litters and the need for mandatory vet checks.
Last month, the government announced it would revise the code, removing clauses aimed at protecting breeding dogs and to remove limits on litters.
Higher numbers of Queensland fruit fly prompts call for people to clean up gardens.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala B Grade Rams have secured the Des Johnston Shield as WDCA B Grade Two Day Premiers for season 2014/2015 with a crushing win over City Colts.
Mystery and romance abound in a new novel from leading lady of Australian women’s fiction, Fleur McDonald.
For a long time, Ben O’Dea was not sure whether he lived at the Royal Children’s Hospital or in Moama.
Rochester Football Netball Club hosted an information evening last week in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria to educate members on the correct use of the club’s defibrillator.
20th Heritage Day a hit
Councillors last night put out for public comment a draft budget which proposed a lower-than-expected increase.
Finley have now formed their own Local Health Advisory Committee.
Heathcote Primary School put on a colourful display for Easter on Friday with an Easter hat parade featuring everything from the very edible to amazingly tall.
VicRoads will review speed limits on the Murray Valley Highway in Cobram and Strathmerton following petitions calling for them to be lowered.
Leading concert artist Daniel de Borah will perform in Deniliquin tonight as part of the South West Music 2015 concert series.
Toolamba Primary School student Felix Turnbull is looking forward to seeing his face on new SPC labels that will be on supermarket shelves across the nation.
Benalla GP Paul Kelly receives an award in recognition of his 37 years as a doctor in rural Victoria.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.