Puppy farms: Maylands MLA Lisa Baker a step closer to getting rid of farms after WA Labor announced policy

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, residents Marije Van Hemert and Dom Rose, with dogs Tuff and Boo.
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, residents Marije Van Hemert and Dom Rose, with dogs Tuff and Boo.

AFTER four years of lobbying, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker is one step closer to helping stamp out “clandestine” puppy farms.

This month, WA Labor announced a policy that includes compulsory sterilisation of dogs unless an exemption is requested and pet shops that sell only dogs supplied by a rescue organisation, approved animal shelter or registered breeder.

Ms Baker said people often did not realise the “horror” of puppy farms that do not look after basic animal freedoms.

“The first time quite often you see the puppy farm puppies is in an ad, saying ‘I’ve got eight-week-old labradoodle puppies, come and get one’,” she said.

“They don’t care for the animals’ health or wellbeing, they don’t socialise the animal, quite often there are wire cages stacked five high, with dogs defecating down on each other.

“You don’t know what you’re buying when you buy a puppy from a puppy farm.”

Last year, the community protested outside Mt Lawley Pets and Puppies for allegedly buying dogs from a puppy farm in New South Wales.

“I have pet shops that sell puppy farm dogs in my electorate and I know one has quite happily admitted to buying puppies from a puppy farm that has recently been raided by police and the RSCPA in New

“If a pet shop wishes to retail puppies, they should have a relationship with a responsible shelter rescue or adoption centrewhich would be a feeder group.”

RSPCA WA president Lynne Bradshaw said her organisation welcomed the pledge.

“Puppy farm operators are ruthless, they don’t care about the terrible impact their activities have on the puppies or the people involved,” she said.

“Right now, every single day, we deal with around 13 cases of cruelty and neglect involving dogs.”