RSPCA makes move to protect puppies from abuse in Qld

PUPPIES will be better protected from abuse with the State and pet-sellers joining forces with the RSPCA to stem the practice of "puppy farming".

Only 12% of puppies are purchased from retailers, with the majority bought online or through advertisements.

From July 1, the peak body for animal sellers - the Pet Industry Association of Australia - will guarantee any puppy sold from its member stores will be from an accredited breeder.

The deal also ensures any dog bought from the PIAA would never be euthanised if abandoned.

Instead, the RSPCA will take responsibility for finding the dog a new home.

The PIAA represents about one-third of Queensland's 400 pet stores.

Agriculture Minister John McVeigh held a press conference to unveil the deal alongside PIAA chief executive Roger Perkins and two dogs from the RSPCA named Phil and Bobby.

Mr McVeigh himself has two dogs - a 12-year-old Border Collie named Bella and a one-year-old Burmese named Ralph.

Mr Perkins said he had concerns about people buying pets online because those receiving the puppy often had no idea of its background.

These were deals, he said, where money changed hands in a supermarket car park.

The latest policy meant any puppy bought from a PIAA seller had been bred by someone meeting strict animal welfare standards.

Mr McVeigh said anyone keen on buying a pet must do their research before spending their money, or they risk keeping irresponsible breeders in business.

The RSPCA has run a campaign against puppy farming since at least 2010.

A puppy farm is often a small room in which would-be pets are bred, often en masse, with little regard for the animals' welfare.

This can lead to the dog having social or health issues once adopted or bought.

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