Help Us Close Puppy Factories
One of the more obvious ways to recognise a puppy factory is by how they are selling their dogs. Some wholesale them to pet shops, others sell dogs via newspaper classifieds and online pet sites. The latter usually won't provide a street address and don't allow you to visit and view the puppies at the breeding facility. Instead, they'll arrange to meet somewhere away from the puppy factory site. These are clear warning signs, so beware!
what RSPCA Tasmania is doing
It's an incredibly frustrating situation for the RSPCA. Our Inspectorate currently has very limited authority over puppy factories as they are legally permitted to operate under local council permits, despite serious animal welfare concerns. Legislation only dictates the most basic of animal welfare standards, which are not acceptable to the community or the RSPCA.
You can help by only buying puppies from an Animal Care Centre or RSPCA Tasmania-approved pet shop such as Petbarn (which sells RSPCA animals). You can also support us to lobby for tougher laws and regulations to be put in place.
RSPCA has a small but experienced squad of law enforcement officers dedicated to policing offences against animals all around Tasmania. Inspectors have the power to remove animals from owners who are cruel, neglectful or indifferent to their animals’ suffering.