Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Show Puppies Some Love; Outraged Dog Breeders Want Spotlight to Be Shone on Puppy Farms

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Show Puppies Some Love; Outraged Dog Breeders Want Spotlight to Be Shone on Puppy Farms

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN Reporter

HELP END PUPPY FARMS

Only buy dogs from registered breeders.

Lobby for regulation of the industry.

Get informed by attending the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre workshop.

PUPPY farms should be forced to comply with the same standards as registered breeders, Casino dog breeder Carol Olive says.

Mrs Olive has been breeding dogs for 20 years and said she did it for love, not money.

aThere is no money in it when you take into account all the costs,a she said.

Mrs Olive said under registered breeder guidelines, dogs were only allowed to have one pregnancy per year, with a total of six pregnancies throughout their lifetime.

Pups were not to be separated from their mothers before they were eight weeks old.

And while Mrs Olive faces penalties if she does not comply with industry regulations, unregistered breeders do not.

Unethical practices in the unregulated dog breeding industry were aimed to maximise profit and included dogs having successive pregnancies, pups being removed from their mothers before it was safe to do so, birth defects caused by poor breeding practices and behavioural problems due to poor socialisation. …

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