Adog and cat breeder education and compliance program was launched last week to reinforce breeding and sales laws in South Australia.
The program includes a $300,000 grant scheme to fund local council projects that pro-actively enforce state breeding laws and better educate breeders about their legislative responsibilities under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Councils can now apply for grants between $10,000 and $60,000 to fund breeder education and engagement projects which pro-actively enforce the Act.
Councils are encouraged to develop projects with neighbouring councils where possible and to deliver their projects throughout 2022.
The Board is also trialling a six-month project to monitor electronic platforms where sales of puppies and kittens are commonly advertised such as Facebook and Gumtree.
Sellers placing advertisements that do not comply with the Dog and Cat Management Act will be informed of their legal requirements and scam advertisements will be reported.
The data collected from both the council grants projects and the monitoring of electronic platforms will inform the board on the scale and range of issues associated with dog and cat breeder sales and help develop future projects to support this area.
Advertisements will also be made to inform dog and cat buyers the details breeders must supply in their sales ads and desexing, microchipping and registration requirements.