What of the Dogs chained at Blind Bight, Victoria; where the local council of Casey is flipping the lives of these brutalised, neglected, suffering hostages to the RSPCA. The area is experiencing storms and very cold weather. The dogs 40 dogs are chained with small, plastic barrels in which they cannot turn around as ‘kennels’, have filthy water [oh! there is plenty on the ground now with all the flooding and rain] and subsist on handfuls of dry food thrown on the ground, in the mud & filth of their bowels.
The Laws, the Welfare Acts; state cruelty, non-registration, lack of Vet and humane care; is a crime, punishable by fines from $2,000 to $50,000 BUT never, in the history of Animal Welfare cases of brutality, torture and violence to Animals has this been recorded.
Vile, indecent Puppy Factory abusers are allowed to keep dogs when hundreds have been confiscated and the heinous conditions of the dogs recorded/witnessed by rescuers and the Vetinarians that must save and treat these dogs. Small fines and bans are given by the Courts.
The Law is an ASS… or is it an ARSE? The Law…the laws are made to protect us…supposedly. The laws are made to protect those who cannot protect themselves: such as Animals, children, the poor, the frail. Well, when it comes to relying on the Law, or even common decency; we are sadly disenfranchised & much mistaken. Some people are signing petitions to stop the slaughter in Asian countries for the psychopathic canicidal ‘celebration’; a Festival of torture & brutality unrivaled in a civilized or uncivilized world – the Yulin Festival. Thousands? Hundreds or thousands? of dogs will be burnt, skinned & strangled, smashed for the fun of the festival to celebrate the Solstice. We all say “No!” to this heinous canicide. But, here, in Australia dogs go missing & are never found. Dogs are ‘Rescued’ or given ‘free-to-a-good-home to end up in squalor & torture either hoarded or used as a Puppy machine – endlessly whelping in filth, disease & imprisonment. There they die amongst the ghastly confines that is the Puppy Factory whose outlet is the ‘nice’ Pet Store down the road or at the Shopping Centre.
Let’s see… Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 No 200
Current version for 15 January 2016 to date (accessed 1 April 2016 at 14:46)
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9. Confined animals to be exercised **
ANIMAL WELFARE ACT 2002 – SECT 19
19 . Cruelty to animals
(1) A person must not be cruel to an animal. **
Penalty: Minimum — $2 000.
Maximum — $50 000 and imprisonment for 5 years.
(3) Without limiting subsection (1) a person in charge of an animal is cruel to an animal if the animal —
(d) is not provided with proper and sufficient food or water; **
(e) is not provided with such shelter, shade or other protection from the elements as is reasonably necessary to ensure its welfare, safety and health; **
(j) is, in any other way, caused unnecessary harm.
Code Of Practice For The Private Keeping Of Dogs
The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 came into force on 20 May 1986 and is administered by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). It has the purpose of protecting animals, encouraging the considerate treatment of animals and improving the level of community awareness about the prevention of cruelty to animals.
2. Purpose of the Code
This Code is made under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.
The Code and its provisions are to be observed by owners, carers and custodians of dogs.
This Code of Practice is intended to provide the minimum standards of accommodation, management and care appropriate to the physical and behavioural requirements of dogs.Domestic Animal Business means:
(a) an animal shelter, council pound or pet shop; or
(b) a dog rearing, training or boarding enterprise that is run for profit; or
(c) a dog breeding enterprise that sells dogs where:
the enterprise has 3 or more fertile female dogs; or
the enterprise has 10 or more fertile female dogss but the owner is a member of an applicable organisation under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.
5. Legal responsibilities
*NB: The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 sets out the offences for failing to properly care and provide for a dog. This legislation includes requirements such as provision of proper and sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment (see relevant sections of code for details).
*NB: The Domestic Animals Act 1994 sets out requirements such as registration, confinement and identification of dogs and the powers of local Councils to ensure these requirements are met. Minimum Standards
*NB: Owners must provide their dog with proper and sufficient food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment.
Dogs must be treated humanely.
Found or stray dogs in the possession of a person other than the owner must be handed over to the local Council as soon as possible.
Owners must abide by legislative requirements including:
dogs must be registered with, and identified as required by, the local Council;
*NB: All dogs should be microchipped to ensure they are permanently identified.
Owner contact details need to be kept up to date with the microchip registry.
*NB: Owners are responsible for the health and welfare of their dog(s) and must provide both the basic necessities and a good quality of life for their dog(s).
*NB: Good dog welfare depends on owner and handler competency. Owners need to understand and provide appropriate care, handling and management requirements for their dog.
*NB: Dogs must be fed a diet that provides proper and sufficient food to maintain good health and meet their physiological requirements.
*NB: Dogs need to be fed a well-balanced diet to maintain health, vitality and body weight in the correct range for their breed and age (see body condition categories section below and Appendix 3).
**NB: A dog’s body condition needs to be monitored regularly to ensure its diet is adequate, and dogs should be maintained in the ‘ideal’ body condition range (see body condition categories section below and Appendix 3).Body condition categories
**NB: Underweight – Ribs are easily felt and seen, no fat felt under the skin.
**NB: Dogs must have access to clean drinking water at all times.
Water containers must be checked daily and maintained in a clean condition.*NB: An individual dog’s daily water requirement depends on a number of factors including daily temperature, amount of exercise, water content of diet;
**NB: i.e. greater water requirements if fed dry food compared to canned food, age, etc.
9. Health and disease
**NB :A dog’s health and welfare must be checked daily.
Veterinary advice must be promptly sought for dogs showing signs of injury, ill health or distress.
**NB: Dogs must be treated regularly for internal and external parasites and vaccinated against common diseases.
*NB: Dogs should be groomed regularly especially breeds with a long or thick
coat. Severe matting of the coat is not acceptable and may require a veterinarian or experienced groomer to deal with this. To avoid this matting of the coat dogs require regular grooming, shampooing and routine clipping (this should be done by a veterinarian or experienced person).
If a dog’s claws are too long they should be trimmed.
**NB: Dogs can appear quite resilient to pain and may just go quiet or hide as a response to injury or disease. This does not mean that they are not in pain or injured. Abnormal behaviours can indicate underlying health problems.
**NB: A breeding dog must be fit, healthy and free of disease.
Dogs with a known history of physical or genetic defects (that will affect the dog or its progeny’s quality of life) must not be used for breeding.
Females must not be bred before they are 12 months old, to ensure they are physically fully grown.
Veterinary advice must be sought immediately if there are any concerns about a pregnancy or labour.
Puppies must not be separated from the mother before 7 weeks of age and not be sold or given away until 8 weeks of age or older.
Recommended Best Practice
If it is not intended to use a male or female dog for responsible breeding purposes, they should be desexed by a veterinarian. Desexing can be done safely from 8 weeks of age and preferably before puberty (4-6 months).
Before breeding, dogs should be health-checked by a veterinarian. This will include checking for any known breed genetic defects (that will affect the dog or its progeny’s quality of life).
Inherited defects may detract from the dog’s overall health and cause pain or discomfort that cannot be cured and animals with such defects should not be bred from.
**NB: Regardless of breed, bitches should be at least 12 months old and in their second season before being mated for the first time. For the larger dog breeds, the recommended age for first breeding is generally 18 months old; i.e., when the bitch is fully grown and mature.
**NB: Bitches should not be mated to have more than two litters in an 18-month period. For the larger breeds, this should be not more than 2 litters per 24 month period.
**NB:The following requirements are part of the Code of Practice for the Tethering of Animals:
tethered dogs must be trained to accept tethering and require greater supervision and owner vigilance than other untethered animals;
water and weatherproof shelter must be available and within the dog’s reach at all times;
collars must be fitted with a swivel to which the tether is attached and be checked daily;
dogs less than four months old, bitches in season and bitches about to give birth must not be tethered;
dogs must not be tethered to movable objects or adjacent to a fence in a manner that places them at danger of death by hanging;
dogs must be given regular daily exercise off the tether.
14. Training, Socialisation and Exercise
Dogs must not be attack trained except in accordance with the Code of Practice for the Operation of Dog Training Establishments.*NB:It is an offence to train dogs to attack, except in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994. Attack training is only permissible for police and armed services use. Licensed security guards may also have attack trained dogs provided the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Operation of Dog Training Establishments are met. Such dogs are automatically declared as dangerous dogs and owners must comply with the associated legislative requirements.
**NB:Dogs must be given regular exercise.
*NB:Puppies should be socialised with a range of people and animals and exposed to a variety of experiences so they are confident with these situations later in life. Training and socialisation should be an ongoing commitment throughout the dog’s life but are particularly important during the formative first 8 –16 week period of life.
**NB:Examine dog collars daily for any sign of rubbing or injury. A collar needs to be tight enough that it cannot easily slip off but not so tight that it rubs or chokes the dog. Ideally you should be able to slip two fingers between the collar and dog’s neck.
The Law is an ARSE I am sure and merely does a wee blind bite to the hands of the abusers hidden amongst us: we, the supposedly civilized citizens living in Australia ‘the lucky country’…but not for animals.