The B.C. government is moving forward with a plan to crack down on irresponsible cat and dog breeders.
Premier Christy Clark says clear direction will be imposed on breeders such as providing quick and adequate care to animals in need, as well as cleaning and sanitation standards.
“And we’re going to consult a little bit more with the SPCA, breeders and other stakeholders, to make sure we get it absolutely right. But it is…legislation is going to require that there be licensing for every cat and dog breeding facility in the province.”
Unscrupulous breeders not welcome in BC
The Premier says any breeders looking to make money at the expense of the welfare of animals are not welcome in the province.
It comes weeks after the SPCA raided a puppy mill and seized 66 dogs in what they call their largest bust ever. Investigators found the animals emaciated, malnourished, infected and traumatized.
Within a week of that bust, another breeding and boarding facility in Surrey was raided by the BC SPCA. In that raid, 69 cats and kittens as well as 15 dogs were seized.
Meanwhile, Janice Brind of Aldergrove breeds around a litter of Bouviers a year and fears she may be subject to new regulations.
“Ya they can go after the puppy mills, they should just leave the rest of us alone, we aren’t doing anything wrong. I’m not going to have somebody come into my house and say yes you can have a litter, or no I don’t like the way that rooms looks so you can’t have a litter, ummm no.”
The province says it will tighten animal protection laws by crafting breeder licensing and inspection regulations and adopting codes of practice designed by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.
It’s not known yet if hobby breeders will be excluded from the new rules.