State Member for Scenic Rim, Jon Krause, is reminding residents that new dog breeding laws now apply.
The new laws came into effect last year and affect all owners of dogs that have a litter of puppies – planned or unplanned.
“If your dog has a litter of puppies, you must be listed as a registered breeder within 28 days of the birth.
“In designated town areas, there are limits on what animals you can keep on your property.
“The limit is two animals for dogs, cats, horses and cows.”
He said exemptions did apply for breeders who supplied genuine working dogs.
Mr Krause said that local laws and state legislation applied when keeping animals and for more information, residents should contact their local council or visit daf.qld.gov.au.
RSPCA spokesperson Michael Beatty said the new laws are a step in the right direction towards eliminating unethical puppy farmers.
“Before the new rules, anyone could advertise puppies for sale in the paper or on social media and tracking them was difficult,” Mr Beatty said.
“Now, people who sell puppies can only advertise them if they have a breeder identification number linked to a bona fide address.
“People will know not to buy a puppy without a breeder ID number and pet shops know not to sell them.
“We certainly believe it will make a difference.”
The laws will apply whether you are selling puppies or just giving them away – even if it is a one-off or an unintended litter.
“But registering as a breeder is free of charge and you can do it online.” Mr Beatty said.