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The changes will give local governments the tools to deal with irresponsible dog breeders, improve animal welfare and encourage responsible dog ownership through public awareness.
However, many of the legislative changes will take time to take effect.
This includes mandatory dog sterilisation and dog breeder approval to regulate the number of dogs being bred.
A centralised registration system will also be introduced to assist authorities in sharing information on dogs, dog owners and dog breeders within their district.
Changes set to take effect immediately are the muzzling requirements for pet or retired racing greyhounds when in public places, which are removed.
Greyhounds will still be required to be kept on a lead in public areas. Registered racing greyhounds will continue to be required to wear muzzles in all public places.
Stop Puppy Farming Bill 2021
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