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New rules for responsible animal welfare in NSW

Shoalhaven City Council encourages anyone selling or giving away cats or dogs to be aware that the rules around this activity are changing.

From 1 July 2019 a new identification system must be used when selling or giving away cats or dogs in NSW. Failure to comply with the new identification system could result in on-the-spot fines or court summons, where a maximum penalty of $5,500 applies.

From 1 July 2019, if you are selling or giving away cats or dogs, all advertising will need to include either:

·        a microchip number

·        a breeder identification number, OR

·        a rehoming organisation number.

This new rule applies regardless of:

·        the age of the animal

·        the place you plan to advertise

·        whether you are a hobby or professional breeder; or your cat or dog has had an

·        accidental or one-off litter

·        whether or not you bred the animal

·        whether or not the animal you are selling or rehoming has been born yet.

The new rules have been made in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices. The changes help people looking to buy a cat or dog search the NSW Pet Registry to see the information on the animal listed for sale so they can do further research and make informed purchasing decisions.

For more information on the new rules visit www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/companion-animals

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