These changes are designed to weed out unscrupulous breeders from the industry. The most important changes to the law are:
Breeders and sellers must adhere to the new South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals, from 1 August 2017.
If you are a breeder and seller and you intend to sell a dog or cat after 1 July 2018, you must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board.
You must not sell a dog or cat unless it has been desexed (by 6 months of age) and microchipped (by 12 weeks of age) in accordance with the Act.
If you are a breeder and seller any advertisement you place for the sale of a dog or cat must include your contact details and breeder registration number.
The South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals will be regulated under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2012.
The compulsory Standards set minimum health and welfare requirements that must be met by anyone who breeds or trades companion animals including pet shops, shelters, dog and cat breeders and anyone who sells companion animals from venues such as markets or shows.
The guidelines provide recommendations of best welfare practices.
An online tool has been developed to help breeders and traders work out quickly and easily which sections of the standards apply to them, and what they must do to comply.
Click here to download a copy of the standards and guidelines and/or work through a decision tree to see which of the standards apply to you.
From 1 July 2018 breeders will be required to be registered with the Dog and Cat Management Board. More information will be provided on this new requirement in the coming months.