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Government to adopt regulation to protect cats and dogs…

Victoria, BC: The B.C. government is taking another step toward enhancing protection of animals by targeting irresponsible commercial breeders of dogs and cats.

The B.C. government will adopt a regulation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act recognizing the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Codes of Practice for both kennel and cattery operations as generally accepted management practices for cat and dog breeders in British Columbia.

25104814531_cacab1f12b_bThe codes provide clear direction to breeders, and sets clear expectations for breeders to respect the practices considered acceptable by government.

The Codes of Practice includes areas such as housing, ventilation, food and water, care and supervision, record-keeping, behavioural needs, socialization and transportation, and specifically notes:

  • If a dog is sick, injured, in pain, or suffering, prompt and adequate veterinary care must be provided; and for cats, veterinary care is provided at the first indication that the animal is not well.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing should be carried out daily.
  • Minimal spacing for dogs and cats (1.1 to 2.2 square metres depending on the dog’s size, and 1.5 square metres for cats).
  • Written procedures for care should be posted so that they are available to personnel at all times.

The B.C. government has also begun consultations with the BC SPCA and other key stakeholders to develop new laws that will assist the BC SPCA monitor and take action against irresponsible breeders of dogs and cats.

The consultation will contribute ideas on:

  • Required licensing and or registration to operate as a breeder.
  • Possible proactive monitoring and enforcement of commercial cat and dog breeders.
  • Finding sources that could be used to support enhanced and more proactive enforcement by the BC SPCA.

The consultations will take place over spring 2016 with legislation anticipated in 2017.

Written and released by BC Government. 

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