animal welfare – Oogutiyuushi Fri, 11 Mar 2022 20:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 animal welfare – Oogutiyuushi 32 32 Puppy broker banned from selling animals for three years continued to trade illegally Thu, 10 Mar 2022 05:15:26 +0000

A puppy broker banned from running a pet business allegedly sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of dogs under the noses of Victoria law enforcement.

Flora Mala was banned by a trial court from selling animals for three years, but operates from two properties in the Victoria area.

Animal activist group, Oscar’s Law, has been tracking the activities of Ms Mala and her alleged puppy brokerage syndicate and found dozens of allegedly illegal advertisements online for several breeds of puppies with advertised prices of up to at $6,500 a pop.

One of Ms Mala’s union members has already been fined $15,000 for selling a dog so emaciated and badly infested with worms that it nearly died.

Late last year, the syndicate advertised for $150,000 worth of dogs over a two-month period on Gumtree and Trading Post.

The dachshund puppies were on sale for $3,500.(Provided)

Some of the dogs were advertised with fake source numbers, which is a required identifier for anyone selling pets in Victoria.

ABC 7.30 spoke to Ms. Mala on the phone.

She denied selling any dogs in the past year.

Oscar’s Law founder Debra Tranter has been reporting the adverts to the local council, Animal Welfare Victoria and the Minister for Agriculture since October last year.

Ms Mala’s activities were also reported to the RSPCA in Victoria in January by a member of the public.

But Ms Tranter said the multiple reports and evidence she and others have submitted have not resulted in action by law enforcement agencies.

A woman cuddles a small dog.
Debra Tranter reported the puppy announcements to authorities.(ABC News)

“Their failure to act allowed this business to stay in business and sell puppies to the public,” Ms Tranter said.

All adverts linked to Ms Mala and her alleged union were removed on March 7, shortly after 7.30am contacted the Victorian Department of Agriculture for a response.

The RSPCA and Animal Welfare Victoria said at 7.30am they were supporting an ongoing multi-agency investigation into the breeding, breeding and selling of animals.

Victoria’s Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said in a statement that she clearly expects advertising platforms to remove any non-compliant pet advertising.

A new puppy came home with health issues

Victorian man Michael Beavis said at 7.30am he bought a puppy with multiple health complications from the suspected syndicate of Flora Mala.

A man cuddles a small white, black and tan colored puppy.
Michael Beavis purchased Trixie after seeing the puppy advertised online.(Provided: Michael Beavis )

He said he had some health issues himself last year when he started looking for a pet.

“I was looking for a rescue animal to adopt and they are not available,” he said.

“So I ended up going to Gumtree and Trading Post, and then I finally met Trixie.”

Mr. Beavis picked up the border collie from the ad at Ms. Mala’s home address and paid a union member $800.

However, he says his new dog, Trixie, started showing health issues within an hour of bringing her home.

Trixie was diagnosed with a series of medical issues including gastritis, canine coronavirus and giardia.

But when Mr. Beavis contacted the seller, she fell silent.

Mr. Beavis later discovered that Trixie’s vaccination certificate was not complete and that her source number was wrong. This meant that the true identity of the seller could not be traced.

A man wearing a cap and a t-shirt
Michael Beavis says he got no response when he tried to contact his dog’s seller about Trixie’s health issues.(ABC News)

He complained to the RSPCA about the seller and provided a statement, however, the RSPCA closed their investigation into the matter without result, saying the seller could not be identified.

Frustrated with the outcome, Mr Beavis contacted Ms Tranter of Oscar’s Law, who was able to confirm that Trixie had been sold by Flora Mala’s suspected syndicate.

A few months later, members of Oscar’s Law posed as shoppers and purchased a puppy directly from Ms. Mala while secretly recording their interaction.

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A video shows Flora Mala accepting money in exchange for a French bulldog puppy

The video recording shows Ms Mala accepting an envelope with cash in exchange for a French bulldog puppy.

This video has also been shared with several law enforcement and government agencies.

Puppy Breeding Capital of Australia

The increase in puppy brokerage operations is believed to be a result of the increased focus on puppy breeding in Victoria.

The state recently introduced a number of restrictions on pet breeding, including a cap of 10 dogs per breeding facility.

In New South Wales there are no such limits, which means that an increasing number of breeders from Victoria have moved across the border.

NSW Animal Justice MP Emma Hurst introduced legislation to tighten the law in her state last year.

His bill sparked a parliamentary inquiry into animal welfare laws.

A woman with long hair sits on the floor with her arm around a dog.
NSW MLC Emma Hurst is campaigning for tougher laws on animal cruelty and puppy farms. (Provided: Emma Hurst)

Ms Hurst said NSW had become “the puppy breeding capital of Australia”.

“In New South Wales it is perfectly legal for someone to set up an intensive industrial dog farm with, say, 600 female dogs and force them to pump litter after litter for their entire lives,” she said. declared.

In the New South Wales border town of Moama, Murray River Council Mayor Chris Bilkey told 7.30am the area had seen a 500% increase in requests for intensive dog breeding over the past past year.

Mr Bilkey said he was confident the increase was a result of new puppy farm laws in Victoria.

Mayor of Murray River Council Chris Bilkey wearing a suit and looking at the camera.
Councilor Chris Bilkey says his area has seen a 500% increase in requests for intensive dog breeding over the past year.(Provided)

“This made it attractive for puppy farmers, who were in Victoria, who were no longer willing or able to comply with these new regulations, to move their operation across the border to NSW,” said said Mr. Bilkey.

Mr Bilkey said he was concerned about a particular development request for a breeding facility housing 320 dogs in Moama in April last year.

The establishment is owned by a man who moved to Moama from Victoria after pleading guilty to two animal cruelty charges and being banned from running a pet business in that state for 10 years.

The council approved the breeding operation, but Mr Bilkey said he had no choice.

“Our lawyers told us that this [refusal] was a road to land and environmental court and one that we would definitely lose,” he said.

“It was one of the most horrific decisions I have ever been involved in and the lingering taste in our mouths was appalling.”

Mr Bilkey is one of 65 local councilors who signed a letter to the Premier of NSW last year urging him to take urgent action on the issue of large-scale dog breeding facilities in the state .

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! Spanish News Today – Pet shops in Spain banned from selling small animals Thu, 03 Mar 2022 10:03:09 +0000

Publication date: 03/03/2022

The new law will only allow the sale of fish in pet shops throughout Spain

Before the new law, many communities and even private businesses made the choice to stop displaying dogs and cats in their stores, to avoid the often devastating results of impulse buying, but also because an environment shopping is incredibly stressful for puppies and kittens and steals. of the vital phase of socialization. Now the national rule not only applies to all pet shops in Spain, but also extends to all pets, small mammals, reptiles and birds.

The law, however, is not without its critics, and many believe the extra bureaucracy involved in buying or adopting a pet will turn people off.

Claudia Compte, legal director of Kiwoko, a company that still sells small animals, believes the legislation will only lead to more so-called “backyard breeders” and greater demand for pets across the country. black market.

For the most part, however, the changes were welcomed as a pioneering step in animal welfare. Spain has one of the worst records in all of Europe for animal abandonment, and the Association for the Protection of Small Animals says the new rules will make miniature pets such as hamsters and gerbils “more valuable” and less disposable than they currently are.

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Council discusses sale of pets in San Marcos Sun, 06 Feb 2022 11:00:00 +0000

The San Marcos City Council voted to refer an item regarding the sale of cats and dogs in the city to the council’s newly created animal services committee at its Tuesday night meeting.

Council held a discussion regarding amending Chapter 6 of the City of San Marcos Animal Code by amending and adding certain definitions to Section 6.001 and adding a new Section 6.065 to regulate the sale of cats and cats. dogs by pet shops, providing for a savings clause and providing for the repeal of any provision to the contrary.

Previously, there were many concerns and questions regarding the Pick A Pet store located in San Marcos malls and the source of the animals that are sold.

Many comments were made on this subject during the meeting’s citizen comment period.

“Opening Pick A Pet has been a dream come true and we would like to continue on this path,” said Johnathan Galvan, owner of Pick A Pet. “But we were heartbroken a few days ago when we found out that another bill in San Marcos would eventually put our store out of business.”

Organizations such as the Texas United for Pets and the Humane Society of the United States have spoken out to express the importance of prescription verbiage.

“This new ordinance won’t help solve pet overpopulation issues, but it will help create a black market in breeding and selling that cannot be regulated,” said Vanessa Gange of the National Animal Interest. Alliance. “There is an opportunity here to write a prescription that can actually improve animal welfare and responsible business practices instead of driving the business underground.”

Once the council entered into its discussion of the matter, council member Shane Scott shared that he had a problem with any businesses closing due to job creation. Scott also mentioned that when this item first came up, he suggested they work with the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter to help with adoptions.

“I think shutting them down is insane and I think there should be a way to work to make it beneficial to the city in our animal control area,” Scott said.

Council member Mark Gleason also sought clarification on what can be considered a business when selling dogs and cats.

“I know we could look at this as a different situation, but these are unintended consequences here, aren’t they?” Gleason said. “I mean, for me, if I’m selling something, it could be considered a business. I mean, as far as the definition goes, if I make money, the feds consider it a business if I make more than a few hundred dollars and I have to pay taxes on it, so I have trouble with the verbiage on this.”

Councilman Maxfield Baker wanted to confirm previous allegations about the conditions and health of animals at Pick A Pet made during the Citizens’ Comment period, which Greg Carr, Director of Neighborhood Improvement, clarified.

“We had several inspections there and never found anything out of the ordinary,” Carr said. “Based on the complaints we’ve all received, the majority of the complaints are about where they source their pets from and they are licensed breeders.”

According to Carr, the animals appeared healthy and taken care of when they visited the pet store.

“This body has had multiple conversations about resistance to pre-existing laws or practices because they are inherently wrong and I think that’s one of those situations,” council member Alyssa Garza said. “We need to regulate this because it’s the right thing to do, regardless of the structures our government has tried to put in place for the protection of animal life.”

Garza also stressed the importance of the word to protect animals. Council member Jude Prather also expressed his appreciation for having the conversation and the importance of the topic.

Mayor Jane Hughson suggested referring the matter to the Board of Animal Services committee, consisting of herself, Garza and Scott. They would also work with county and community partners such as shelters and animal rights organizations.

“That kind of topic would be something really great for the committee that is forming so that we can root out a lot of these things and take feedback from both sides and come up with something that is more appropriate once it gets to the board,” Carr said.


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Dallas must stop pet stores from selling dogs Fri, 04 Feb 2022 07:32:50 +0000

The Humane Pet Stores Ordinance under consideration by the Dallas City Council is a direct response to the myriad of animal welfare and consumer protection issues created by the sale of puppy mill puppies in the pet stores.

His endorsement would end this practice and lead people toward better, more humane choices for dog acquisition, such as shelter and shelter adoption or acquiring an animal from a responsible small breeder.

By taking this step, Dallas would completely dissociate itself from the influx of puppies from distant mass-breeding facilities that treat mother dogs like mere machines and their puppies like mere products.

Dallas is the only major city in Texas without a puppy and pet store policy. Ten other cities in Texas, and 400 localities and five states across the country, have solved the problem. This includes Houston, where the city council recently approved a similar ordinance.

These communities acted for the same reasons Dallas should: it’s simply time we shut down the pipeline from the puppy mill to the pet store, to do good for animals, protect consumers, and provide support and morale. needed by shelters and overwhelmed rescue groups.

Across America, the once commonplace sale of puppies in retail stores is falling out of favor. Among other factors, the responsible federal agency has shown time and time again that it cannot compel commercial breeders to meet humane standards.

United States Department of Agriculture regulations allow breeding dogs to spend their entire lives in cramped, filthy wire cages just six inches longer than their bodies. Mother female dogs can be bred repeatedly until their bodies wear out, at which time they are disposed of as trash.

Worse still, when breeders fail to meet these most basic standards, they are rarely penalized with any degree of severity. In the past four years, the USDA has revoked only one breeder’s license.

Responses to public records requests made by my organization demonstrate that puppies born into such disturbing conditions are ending up in Dallas. These archives tell the stories of hundreds of dogs confined in decrepit cages; dogs forced to stand on painful wire floor; dogs exposed to extreme temperatures; and dog breeders unaware of serious veterinary concerns.

It’s time for Dallas to do its part to end this cruelty and enact the Humane Pet Store ordinance. This common-sense policy is backed by dozens of local animal welfare organizations and Dallas-area veterinarians who routinely treat pet store puppies.

It’s also backed by disappointed consumers who want to make sure no other family suffers the heartache it caused them after they unknowingly bought sick puppies, some of whom died shortly after purchase at home. pet Shop.

The market will take over once the humane pet stores ordinance is enacted, driving the local pet market and Dallas consumers to more humane sources like shelters and rescues, which really need our support in this time, and to responsible breeders who only sell directly to the public. , and never in pet stores.

We can and must accelerate the transition from our city’s only puppy-selling pet store to a humane business model focused on pet products and services, the very model that has already been adopted by the most successful players in the world. pet industry.

Lauren Loney is the Texas director of the Humane Society of the United States. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

Lowe’s, Petco partner for the in-store pet store concept Wed, 02 Feb 2022 20:47:15 +0000

Press Release: Lowe’s

Lowe’s and Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. recently announced a store-to-store pilot program that brings together trusted products, services and expertise – for home and pets – into one convenient stop at select stores. Lowes. The first Lowe’s + Petco in-store concept is set to open at Lowe’s Alamo Ranch, Texas in early February, with plans to expand to 14 other Lowe’s stores in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. by the end of March 2022.

Over the past two years, Americans have found more comfort, security, and emotional connection through their homes and their pets than ever before. More than 11 million new pets have entered American homes since the pandemic began; and a new survey from Lowe’s shows that 67% of respondents found their greatest comfort in their pets, while almost half found that comfort in their home. While Lowe’s stores nationwide have long had an open-door policy for pets, Lowe’s + Petco locations will provide a unique customer experience where pet parents can support health and wellness. of their pet with a curated assortment of high-quality Petco nutrition, supplies and service. and upgrade the home they share in one shopping spree.

“For many of our customers, their pets and their homes are at the top of the list of things that matter most, especially after two years of mostly being together in the same four walls,” said Bill Boltz, executive vice president of the Lowe’s merchandising. “This partnership enhances the total home solution we offer them by bringing together pet care and home improvement products, services and expertise under one roof.”

“The place of our pets in our hearts and homes has never been more important, and our responsibility to provide them with a safe, healthy and nurturing home environment is an essential part of Petco’s Whole Health philosophy,” said said Nick Konat, Chief Marketing Officer of Petco. “Bringing Petco’s pet care expertise, high-quality products, and veterinary and grooming services to Lowe’s makes it easier than ever to create healthy, happy homes for pet parents.” and the animals they love.”

In addition to Lowe’s existing “pet friendly” atmosphere and selection of pet-friendly products, including STAINMASTER PetProtect mats, dog beds, dog doors and cleaning products , Lowe’s + Petco locations will offer a curated assortment of high-quality pet food from Petco, and health and wellness supplies and services, including beloved Petco brands: WholeHearted, EveryYay, Youly, Leaps & Bounds and So Phresh, as well as a variety of popular national brands. Products will be available for purchase in-store or online for curbside pickup, contactless pickup lockers or at the customer service counter in Lowe’s pilot locations at no additional charge. Lowe’s + Petco locations are also expected to offer a selection of Petco pet services, including Vetco vaccination clinics, microchipping, prescription pest prevention and mobile grooming at certain times and locations. To better serve those seeking expertise in both the home and pet space, pilot locations will employ knowledgeable Petco partners (employees) during peak hours to offer pet-focused guidance alongside advice from Lowe’s associates on home improvement projects.

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE 50 home improvement company serving approximately 20 million customers per week in the United States and Canada. With sales of nearly $90 billion in fiscal 2020, Lowe’s and its related companies operate or service more than 2,200 hardware and hardware stores and employ more than 300,000 associates. Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs focused on creating safe, affordable homes and helping to develop the next generation of skilled trades experts.

Petco is a category-defining health and wellness company focused on improving the lives of pets, pet parents and Petco partners. Since its founding in 1965, it has strived to set new standards in pet care, providing comprehensive wellness solutions through its products and services and building communities that deepen the animal bond. -pet. It operates more than 1,500 Petco locations in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, including a growing network of more than 150 in-store veterinary hospitals and offers a comprehensive online resource for animal health and welfare. on and on the Petco app. In tandem with Petco Love (formerly the Petco Foundation), an independent, nonprofit organization, the company works with and supports thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events , it has helped find homes for more than 6.5 million animals.

Pet Adoption Demand Remains High Since Start of COVID-19 | Waukesha County News Tue, 01 Feb 2022 00:17:01 +0000

WAUKESHA – Demand for pet adoption has remained high at local humane societies since the COVID-19 pandemic, with many new owners spending time at home with their furry friends.

According to Angela Speed, vice president of communications with the Wisconsin Humane Society, pet consumption has dropped significantly since the pandemic — in Wisconsin and nationally, ultimately a positive thing — which means less pets were in need. However, strong demand for adoption remained, continuing into 2021.

“We know animals provide stress relief and companionship, and it was a beautiful thing to know that animals provide companionship to lonely people during the pandemic,” she said.

Speed ​​said they also saw more volunteers for adoptive pet parents, which was hugely positive.

The biggest difference the Wisconsin Humane Society has seen in the past year is that cat consumption has increased. The need for adoptive parents, especially for cats and kittens, also still exists, Speed ​​said.

When it comes to adoptions, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County had a record year for cat adoptions in 2019-20 with a 14% rate increase. They continued to see strong numbers in 2020-21, said Lynn Olenik, executive director of HAWS. The total number of dog adoptions fell 4% in fiscal year 2019-2020, but rebounded 5% in 2021.

The Elmbrook Humane Society also saw a high number of adoptions in 2020 and 2021, totaling around 80-85% of its intake.

As many other shelters across the country report, the Wisconsin Humane Society also saw no significant difference in animal returns in 2021 compared to 2020. Speed ​​said that while it was speculated there could be a high number of pet returns as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and individuals were expected to return to work, it did not. was not the case.

“This continues for 2021, our return rate is reduced compared to previous years,” she said. Speed ​​said this may not be true for all local humanitarian societies.

Olenik said HAWS has not heard of people returning pets due to changes in pandemic-related schedules. Dropouts have dropped at HAWS compared to pre-COVID.

“What we’ve noticed as a trend is people asking for more behavioral support for their pets, because even pets they’ve had for a long time, you hang around with your dog for a year and then you have to go back to work,” she said.

Heather Gehrke, executive director of the Elmbrook Humane Society, said she saw a slight increase in the number of requests to transfer to Brookfield, but it is not due to the return to work either.

Olenik said there has also been an increase in the number of requests to accept pet transports.

“I think Waukesha County is somewhat unique, here you have the resources to take care of your animals where some poorer areas don’t,” she said. “Waukesha County is a little off the normal trend.”

Banning Pet Stores From Selling Dogs Will Do Nothing To Shut Down Puppy Mills Thu, 27 Jan 2022 07:31:26 +0000

Puppy mills. Two words that conjure up images of horrific living conditions and provoke strong emotions. Unfortunately, lawmakers, including some in Dallas, have been misled into equating them with licensed, inspected breeders rather than the illegal, substandard operations that the term aptly describes.

Lawmakers were misinformed that a ban on retail sales at pet stores would eliminate these subversive operations. Despite good intentions, these bans are not the solution. They are an emotional overreaction to a complex problem.

The animal welfare community has spent decades promoting false narratives about commercial dog breeders and their dealings with pet stores. I should know. I believed those same accusations for over 40 years. Throughout my career, I have fully supported anti-pet store campaigns. Finally, someone asked me if I had ever visited a USDA licensed commercial breeder.

The truth was, I hadn’t.

I have now had the opportunity to meet dozens of licensed breeders. I have met hardworking and skilled professionals who share the same love and dedication to animal welfare as I do. They have state-of-the-art facilities with consulting veterinarians, spacious kennels, exercise classes, and compassionate staff. They are the exact opposite of what decades of erroneous claims have made of them.

Eight years ago, the Humane Society of the United States launched the retail ban concept currently proposed for Dallas. However, the bans did not put puppy mills out of business. Why? Retail bans take the misguided approach of targeting the smallest and most regulated source of obtaining puppies: retail stores. In the United States, only 4% of puppies are purchased from pet stores, according to the American Pet Products Association’s US Pet Ownership Survey. This means that 96% is acquired from other sources.

You cannot eliminate puppy mills by targeting the smallest source of puppies in the environment least likely to be connected to puppy mills. After 40 years of advocating for dog adoption, adoption is still my first choice. But adoption isn’t always right for everyone, and these families should have safe and responsible choices.

If Dallas bans puppy retail, very few stores will be affected. By my reckoning, only one store in Dallas could be forced to close, the Petland franchise in Preston Road and Forest Lane because, according to franchise owner Jay Suk, 80% of the store’s sales are puppies.

The franchise is owned by a man who has dedicated 13 years of his life to the business and employs 30 people who will lose their jobs if it closes. He buys his puppies from the best licensed and USDA inspected breeders and from small hobby breeders. He consults inspection reports and makes on-site visits to ensure that he acquires only the best breeders.

Retail pet stores such as Petland must also comply with state and local animal welfare laws as well as consumer protection laws.

If we have any chance of eliminating puppy mills, animal welfare organizations, USDA-certified breeders, and pet stores need to work together.

Retail bans haven’t put puppy mills out of business. Instead, bans tend to push the demand for puppies into the abyss of the unknown and unregulated. Instead of enacting a retail ban, Dallas could consider breeder and retail regulations such as those passed by the state of Ohio and worked well there for several years.

We need standards that keep animals safe, give consumers the choices they deserve and support the growth of responsible businesses. We don’t need to do grand gestures like banning the retail sale of puppies, which serves no purpose.

Ed Sayres is executive director of Petland Charities. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

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Cape Town woman, 10, arrested for allegedly selling puppies illegally Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:31:18 +0000

Law enforcement officials have apprehended a woman and a child for illegally selling eight crossbred puppies from society gardens in Cape Town.

  • A woman and child have been charged with illegally selling puppies in the CBD over the weekend.
  • Law enforcement officials and the SPCA apprehended the pair.
  • All eight puppies have since been released to SPCA veterinary staff.

Law enforcement officials apprehended a woman and a 10-year-old child on Saturday for the alleged illegal sale of eight crossbred puppies in the Company’s Garden, Cape Town.

Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokeswoman Belinda Abraham told News24 they were alerted by members of the public and a law enforcement official to the illegal activity taking place in the CBD.

Abraham said:

The woman was operating in the area trying to sell the puppies. Temperatures over the weekend exceeded 30 degrees Celsius and the pups had no food or water available.

According to the SPCA, the sale of animals was illegal under the new Animal Keeping Regulations 2021, recently introduced by Cape Town.

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The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

“The suspect was taken to Cape Town CBD Police Station for processing and the Department of Social Development was called to oversee the minor’s safety,” Abraham said.

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Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse seized the puppies and they are currently at the SPCA in the care of veterinary staff.


The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

Law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason confirmed to News24 that one of his “auxiliary” staff members assisted the SPCA inspector in removing the woman’s and baby’s puppies. child on Saturday.

It was understood that the SPCA team were traveling to Manenberg to collect the two adult dogs from the woman producing the litter and that they would be neutered.

“We urge the public not to buy puppies from hawkers. It’s not only illegal, but it encourages this illegal trade,” Pieterse said.

The puppies would be monitored over the next week to ensure their health and well-being. They would be put up for adoption, subject to passing a clinical evaluation.

The duo was taken into custody on charges of anima

The duo were arrested for cruelty to animals under the Animal Welfare Act 71 of 1962 and illegal sale of animals under the Keeping of Animals Regulations 2021.

The provincial social development department has been approached for comment and said it is aware of the matter.

“The department is aware of the respective case,” spokesman Joshua Chigome said.

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Despite the rule, no pet store in Delhi is registered with the National Council for Animal Care | Latest Delhi News Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:06:49 +0000

More than three years after the notification of the Animal Cruelty Prevention (Pet Shop) Rules of 2018, making it compulsory to register pet shops in Delhi and other states with the State Animal Welfare Board (SAWB), not the State Animal Welfare Board (SAWB). ‘a single pet store. in Delhi has registered so far, according to a Right to Information (RTI) response from the National Livestock Department. A department official told HT that they have already started work on registering pet stores.

Aiming to empower the city’s pet shop trade, the Pet Shop Rules, 2018, also require stores to keep records of the different animal species they have, their purchase and of their sale; details of veterinary checks; and other criteria to ensure decent living conditions for captive animals.

A three-month inspection – from October to December last year – of more than 30 pet stores in Delhi by a team of volunteers from the Ahimsa Fellowship, organized by a group of animal welfare NGOs, also revealed a number of violations at pet stores, ranging from the sale of animals prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, cramped cages, lack of temperature control systems and no separate quarantine area for animals injured or sick, among others.

Delhi’s lack of data on pet stores had become an issue during the pandemic, when the March 2020 lockdown forced many people to abruptly close their stores, leaving birds and animals trapped inside. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) subsequently issued instructions in April, asking SAWBs to evacuate animals stuck in pet stores with help from the local administration, but the lack of data on these stores was a problem.

An RTI filed by the Fellowship – HT has a copy of it – in November 2021 shows that nothing has changed a year later, the Delhi Livestock Department – to which the SAWB reports – saying it has no trace of a pet store in the city. Sunayna Sibal, an Ahimsa member who filed the RTI and also participated in the inspection, said that technically the pet shops are operating “illegally” and violating several standards in the process.

“95% of pet stores had cages that were too small for the bird or animal they housed. There was no exhaust or temperature control system in most stores which made life uncomfortable for these animals and no pet store had a separate quarantine area for sick or sick animals. . We also found stores displaying animals outside, leaving them exposed to the elements, ”said Sibal, saying he discovered at least seven species banned from sale under the Wildlife Protection Act in these stores. .

“These included the Indian Star Tortoise, Scaly-breasted Munias, Quail, Small Whistling Ducks, Parakeets, Gray Francolins, and Indian Silver Beaks, among others. An inspection by the SAWB would have led to the seizure of these animals and the closure of the store, but the lack of accountability results in the open sale of these animals, ”she added.

Asher Jesudoss, who was also part of the inspection, said that since no sales and purchase leads are maintained by the pet stores, it was difficult to determine how the animals were purchased. “The rules make it compulsory to keep a record of the sale and purchase, in order to prevent the forced breeding and illegal purchase of animals. We are not in a position to verify this currently, ”he said.

Ahimsa’s colleague Akshita Kukreja said he shared a report on the inspection with Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev on December 28, 2021, but has yet to receive a response. “Another RTI will soon be filed to find out whether or not action has been taken,” Kukreja said.

Emphasizing that every registration of a pet store will pay off for the government ??5,000 People for Animals (PFA) administrator Gauri Maulekhi said mandatory registration would also benefit the treasury. Maulekhi estimated that there were more than 500 pet stores in the capital.

“The pet business is a multi-crore business that was completely unregulated until 2018. Now the new rules provide that every such business must pay a registration fee to the state government. , respect the imposed conditions and provide receipts to customers. Keeping multiple species in dirty and crowded spaces is not only cruelty to animals, but also a danger to public health, ”Maulekhi said, adding that despite several appeals in recent years, the development department of Delhi had not acted.

An official from the National Animal Husbandry Department, on condition of anonymity, told HT that the department has data on around 150 pet stores in Delhi. “So far we have only received two registration requests. Advertisements and notices have been posted in the past asking pet stores to register with us, but a new campaign will be launched soon to ensure the same, ”the official said, adding that district-level agents were also asked to prepare a database of animal facilities under their jurisdiction.

“This will ensure that no cruelty takes place in any Delhi pet store.” We will not impose an immediate fine on a store and they will be given a little more time to register, otherwise the store will be sealed, ”added the official.

The development department did not answer questions from HT.

“Not an easy process”

Pet owners, when contacted, said the lack of transparency in the registration process made it difficult for most to complete the process. “A number of owners have tried to register through the website, but the National Council on Animal Care website doesn’t work most of the time. They do not currently have a physical office either, which makes it difficult to approach, ”said Pawan Garg, owner of the Bittoo Pet Shop in the enclave of Safdarjung.

Lakshay Kumar, owner of the Fancy Fish Aquarium and Pet Shop in Rohini, also supported mandatory registrations. “There is no clarity on the registration process, but all pet stores want to be registered,” he said.

Increase in pet adoption requests but not actual adoptions over the Christmas period Mon, 03 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000

There has been an increase in adoption applications, corn not in actual adoptions during the Christmas period, the Association for Abandoned Animals (AAA) told The Malta Independent.

the association said he ensures that the adoptions don’t end up being treated as a gift for a family member. A spokesperson says some adoptions are guaranteed over the Christmas period after carefully considering the prospective owner’s work schedule, lifestyle, age and living conditions. Some are looking for the opportunity to train new dogs during this time as they would have more days off.

Explaining the matter further, she said AAA would not place a young puppy in the hands of an elderly couple because they are too demanding and energetic at that age.

In addition, a spokesperson for Tomasina Cat Sanctuary said there was no increase in adoptions during this period. She added that person Mostly kittens are requested, which unfortunately means that older cats are not requested as often.

Last month, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights Anton Refalo announced “Adopt a Pet Day”. event, which will be take place on January 16, 2022. Its focus is on individuals and families interested in meeting pets who are waiting to be part of a family and those who want to learn more about animals and their care.

Refalo said it took two years for the necessary work to be done to raise awareness in terms of the best ways to take care of pets.

Animal welfare director Patricia Azzopardi said neutering helps save many cats and dogs from inevitable abandonment on the streets, while microchipping helps identify temporary strays.

Adopt-a-pet day an event will be take place at the headquarters of the Salesian Brigade in Ghajn Tuffieha.