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Crackdown on Victorian puppy farms

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.

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