The Western Australian Government recognises the value of animal welfare to the community and strives to ensure that all animals receive appropriate standards of care. As companions and working animals, dogs have an important place in the lives of many Western Australians. You can have your say about the health and welfare of dogs in WA.

Draft Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Dogs in WA (Dog Standards and Guidelines) are being developed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, in consultation with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Western Australia (RSPCA) and other experts in dog care and welfare.

The document sets out the minimum standards that owners and people in charge of dogs must follow to ensure the health and welfare of dogs kept in WA. It also provides guidelines and additional information to promote the health and welfare of dogs. The recommendations are based on current scientific knowledge and generally reflect recommended industry practice and community expectations, as appropriate.

The development of dog standards supports the Government’s election commitment to the Stop Puppy Farming initiative, which includes the introduction of Mandatory Standards for Dog Breeding, Housing, Husbandry, Transport and Sale. More information on the Stop Puppy Farming project can be found on the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website.

Following consultation, regulations on dog health and welfare may be drafted and adopted under the Animal Welfare Act 2002. Before drafting regulations, the department invites Western Australians to comment on the draft Dog Standards and Guidelines.

Have your say by 7 June 2019

You are encouraged to provide your feedback via an online survey, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be made available through the consultation summary report, but the names of respondents who provide feedback through the online survey will not be published.

If you wish to provide further comment, you can provide a written submission. You can provide your comments either by completing the public submission form on the right of this page, or drafting an individual written submission. Written submissions can be sent to the department by:

Email:  dog.standards@dpird.wa.gov.au

Post:    Dog Standards and Guidelines Consultation
Animal Welfare Regulation
Locked Bag 4
Bentley Delivery Centre WA 6983

Written submissions will be made public and published in full on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website unless you ask for it to be confidential. Submissions that contain defamatory or offensive material will not be published.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 7 June 2019.

A consultation summary report will be made available on this page approximately six weeks after the closing date.