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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria;45843

    It would be an ideal world (I'v said it before) if pet shops were not allowed to sell livestock....[B
    and if registered beeders were obliged to desex before they sold their pups with the exception of contracts for showing and other registered breeders.[/B]
    A lot of breeders are offering a monetary refund for their puppy purchasers, if they can provide proof of desexing at 6 months or whatever. I think this is a fantastic incentive, and you are 100% correct - if all breeders did this I feel it would help reduce numbers significantly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    A lot of breeders are offering a monetary refund for their puppy purchasers, if they can provide proof of desexing at 6 months or whatever. I think this is a fantastic incentive, and you are 100% correct - if all breeders did this I feel it would help reduce numbers significantly!
    Not in the pei world yet that I have heard of ......is a FANTASTIC initiative!!

    CONGRATS all reg breeders who take this on board
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    I feel it is a combination of many factors, including society's attitude to dogs. We live in a throw away society. Not just with animals, but with everything.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    I agree. Everyone wants the quick fix. Puppy toliet training problem? Lets get a new one.

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    What about the fact that Australia's population has more than doubled over this time. All stats over time not done per capita will always make things look like they are getting worse regardless whether we are talking crimes, unemployment, road toll etc....

    More people = More dogs

    I know everyone goes straight for the BYB/ designer breeds/ puppy mills etc...and i dont deny that they are contributing, but i remember growing up in Melbourne during the 70's and there were dogs roaming every street and i would go as far too say that a majority weren't desexed, registered or even defined as a breed. It wouldnt have been unusual in these times to have at least one kid at school whose dog was having pups.
    A change in attitudes has helped but it will take generations before effects are felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I feel it is a combination of many factors, including society's attitude to dogs. We live in a throw away society. Not just with animals, but with everything.
    I think you've got it right in a nutshell, there.

    For example, it is a fact that many shelters are usually inundated with pets after the Christmas season. Pets that were given and not wanted. That reason tells me that breed, mix, whatever isn't the main issue there, but our lifestyles, and our morals that allow ppl the ability to just dump an unwanted 'problem' on someone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    What about the fact that Australia's population has more than doubled over this time. All stats over time not done per capita will always make things look like they are getting worse regardless whether we are talking crimes, unemployment, road toll etc....

    More people = More dogs

    I know everyone goes straight for the BYB/ designer breeds/ puppy mills etc...and i dont deny that they are contributing, but i remember growing up in Melbourne during the 70's and there were dogs roaming every street and i would go as far too say that a majority weren't desexed, registered or even defined as a breed. It wouldnt have been unusual in these times to have at least one kid at school whose dog was having pups.
    A change in attitudes has helped but it will take generations before effects are felt.
    I comprehend what you are saying here, and it is FFT.

    I think society has changed in many ways towards more responsible ownership of dogs. I cannot remember the last time I went for a walk and had dogs coming out at me from unfenced yards, as they did decades ago wherever I lived.

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    You're lucky D.A, rocky is a terible town for dogs roaming. Though it is improving slowly,thanks to the council using fines as revenue raising instead of educating as well.

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    Rocky, as in Rockhampton, Emma?

    I used to find the degree of dogs not under control terrible in areas of Qld. Used to find the Fraser Coast area atrocious, but it seemed to change through the last decade that I was there, which was back in the 1990's or so.

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    Hey remember the Shar Pei that had wandered into a ladies back yard about a month ago? SHe came on line trying to get assistance for it.

    SPR QLD rang the local council up there and was told, I tell you no lies that if she has been looing after the dog for longer than 7 days it was her to do with as she pleased!! She had been looking after him longer than 7 days and she CHOSE to surrender him to SPR. Not a great law by any means. No checking for micro chips -although micro chipping is just being enforced in QLD nowish anyway.

    Bottom line is finders keepers up north!
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