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New Breeding Laws Raise Welsh Dog Welfare Standards

01 May 2015

WALES, UK - New breeding regulations for dogs have come into force in Wales.

The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations are part of a package of measures aimed at improving dog welfare in Wales and will include the introduction of a minimum staff ratio of one full-time attendant to every 20 adult dogs.

Speaking on 29 April, the Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, said: “Last Summer I made a commitment to improve the standards of animal health and welfare in Wales for both farmed animals and pets when I launched the Animal Health and Welfare Framework.

"Since then we have been working on a number of measures with partners to raise the standards of dog welfare in Wales.

“Tomorrow, new dog breeding regulations come into force aimed at stamping out any irresponsible breeding practices in Wales. Local Authorities and the WLGA will play a crucial role in ensuring that these regulations are implemented by breeders.

“I made a commitment that my officials would hold a training event for local authority enforcement officers and this was held last month. I am also aware that local authorities held a separate training/best practice event last week.”

Councillor Neil Moore, Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) Spokesperson for Regulatory Services said: "Local Authorities across Wales have come together to discuss how to implement the new regulations fairly and consistently.

"We share the Ministers view that welfare standards for animals are extremely important, and Councils' roles are central to achieving this.

“Licensing officers will be able to discuss the requirements of the regulations with any breeder who wants advice about the changes, and we would encourage them to do that."

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