Animal Welfare (Dogs) Regulations 2016
Welfare regulations that specifically establish standards for the care of dogs from individual owners to commercial operators are now in place in Tasmania.
The Regulations, which came into effect on 1 January 2017, cover all dogs in Tasmania with the same basic requirements to ensure appropriate care is provided by anyone who has a dog or dogs in their care.
Setting clear standards for commercial facilities to adhere to ensures that commercial operations where dogs may be kept in poor conditions cannot operate in this state.
The Regulations will not impose unreasonable expectations of care on professional commercial breeders or individuals who are already looking after their dogs properly. They set out minimum acceptable standards which will improve the ability to address improper housing or keeping of dogs.
The Regulations were developed by the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and addresses community concerns about the potential establishment of breeding facilities where animal welfare is not taken in to account.
The Tasmanian RSPCA and Tasmanian Canine Association have been closely involved throughout the process of developing the standards.
During development of the Regulations there has been significant ongoing consultation with key stakeholders including the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association.
The regulations do not limit the number of dogs or puppies a person can have, as dog welfare is not about the number of dogs housed on a property, but the way in which they are cared for. The Regulations safeguard standards for all dogs, with extra requirements for facilities with a number of dogs. Exemptions are in place for working dogs, greyhounds and dogs owned by members of the Tasmanian Canine Association as these groups are already covered by equivalent requirements.