Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Act 2021 legislative changes continue to take effect

Published on Thursday, 30 June 2022 at 11:07:42 AM

Residents are advised to keep an eye out for key changes as they come into place across the year.

In December 2021, changes to the Dog Act 1976 passed through Parliament, giving local governments the tools to deal with irresponsible dog breeders and encourage responsible dog ownership through public awareness.

When the changes were passed, muzzling requirements for pet or retired racing greyhounds when in public places were removed. Greyhounds are still required to be kept on a lead in public areas and registered racing greyhounds continue to be required to wear muzzles in all public places.

The commencement of the other provisions will require the development of regulations and the development of a centralised registration system, in consultation with stakeholders.

The following changes in legislation are yet to be implemented:

  • Dogs to be de-sexed by the age of 2 years, unless they are exempted, to prevent unplanned breeding or over breeding
  • Information on dogs (and cats) to be held in a centralised registration system to allow information to be shared across the State
  • People who wish to breed from their dog will need to apply for an approval to breed, enabling breeders to be traced
  • Pet shops that sell dogs to work with rescue organisations to transition to adoption centres which will provide more adoption opportunities for unwanted dogs

The Shire will be updating residents as information is provided by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries across the year via our social channels.

Community members are advised to follow the Shire of Ashburton on Facebook @ShireofAshburton and visit our website to keep up to date with changes that may affect them.

For more information on the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Act 2021, visit   

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