The Welsh Government is planning new dog breeding regulations for Wales. Whilst this is welcome news, RSPCA Cymru has some problems with their plans.
Worryingly, the proposed regulations would introduce a minimum staff to dog ratio of 1:20 - excluding puppies!
This could mean a member of staff tending to the needs of over 200 dogs/pups at one time – allowing as little as two minutes to provide for each animal in a working day.
RSPCA Cymru recently ran a campaign, urging the Welsh Government to revise so regulations sufficiently protect the welfare of dogs and puppies based in breeding establishments.
Wales Control of Dogs Bill
RSPCA Cymru is disappointed by the Welsh Government’s decision to suspend work on a Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill.
The new legislation had promised to be a major step forward in tackling irresponsible dog ownership in Wales, with a focus on education, prevention and awareness-raising.
Instead, the Welsh Government has opted to seek to grant the UK Government permission to legislate on Wales’ behalf.
Microchipping of dogs in Wales
We are extremely happy that the Welsh Government is considering introducing compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales, but dogs need more!
We have always supported microchipping as an important part of responsible dog ownership, but we are concerned that there will be no real benefit unless some important conditions are included in the new regulations.
You can read our full RSPCA response here: RSPCA submission to the Welsh government consultation on compulsory microchipping of dogs(PDF 165KB)
Thank you to everyone who took action to respond to the Welsh Government consultation. We have had a wonderful response from you all and are hopeful that our voice will be heard. Keep looking at our website for updates on this issue.