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    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Queenslanders get behind responsible dog breeding

    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Queenslanders get behind responsible dog breeding

    More than 16,100 dog breeders have registered on the Queensland Dog Breeder Register since the Palaszczuk Government introduced new laws to promote responsible dog breeding.

    A year on from the passing of the laws, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner said breeders had shown strong support for the reforms.

    “At the 2015 election we committed to working with animal welfare groups and ethical breeders to help track down those who were doing the wrong thing,” Mr Furner said.

    “After delivering on that commitment last year, it’s been great to see such a significant response to these measures.

    “The Queensland Dog Breeder Register lets the Palaszczuk Government, RSPCA Queensland and local councils trace a dog back to its breeder to ensure puppies are bred in suitable conditions.

    “Over the past year, dog buyers and breeders have used the register to raise 50 animal welfare concerns, allowing Biosecurity Queensland and RSPCA Queensland to investigate these.

    “More than 1460 animal management concerns were also registered for investigation by local governments.”

    Minister Furner reminded registered breeders that they needed to renew their registration details annually to continue breeding dogs in Queensland.

    “Registered breeders should keep an eye out for their reminder notice to renew their registration,” he said.

    “There is a supply number that must be used when advertising, selling or giving away puppies, so it’s important that their registration remains active if they continue to breed dogs.”

    Buyers can use the supply number and the register to contact the breeder and find out more information about the dog, even if it is being advertised or sold by someone else.

    This places greater scrutiny on breeders, making it more difficult for irresponsible breeders to operate.

    The dog breeder registration laws apply to regular and occasional breeders (including backyard litters), with specific exemptions for some genuine working dogs.

    Find out more at qdbr.daf.qld.gov.au or by calling 13 25 23.