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    If you look at statistical data for NSW pounds, the bigger percentage of dogs (and cats) are not mircochipped.
    So why is it (and I know this would be better directed to a politician) that a pound ....? If it's mandatory that animals are microchipped at least - before they are sold.

    Edited Blacktown does microchip before it sells. Don't want any misinfo getting into the search engines.

    They don't desex.

    I still think it would be better if they did - but asking for the data is a damn good idea.

    I would like to see data that specifically tracks dogs that go out from pounds undesexed and tracks if any puppies result or if they end up back at the pound. Tracking intake for pounds - doesn't seem to work since they sometimes take more dogs from elsewhere.
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    I don't think there is any one thing that will greatly have an impact.

    Microchipping certainly will help, but it doesn't stop people dumping dogs, only reuniting lost animals with their owners.

    Having a license to own a dog... what would that entail exactly?
    I don't walk my dogs every day, I have a very small yard, I have never taken them to obedience school... I doubt I would get a license based on my situation... yet my dogs are taken care of and happy.
    The ones that don't get walked, don't like being walked, I have small dogs so I really don't need a big yard (they spend the majority of their time inside by choice), and I train my dogs myself and have never needed classes.

    Stamping out BYB's is something Queensland is trying to do with introducing their breeder registration numbers.
    I am not sure if it has started yet but all puppies being sold in Queensland cannot be advertised without a breeders registration number.
    If nothing else it will make people think twice about having "just one litter"... but they aren't the ones that concern me too much, it's the repeat offenders who will no doubt have no problem with getting a number.

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    Blacktown Pound does microchip all animals before they leave.

    Desexing there should be mandatory - but they do offer cheap desexing (lots of people do take this program as there is often a waiting list - meaning they need more vets involved to manage numbers).

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    I think a lot of unregistered puppies come from classified sites - they need to have and govern a policy that makes people unable to sell animals without a microchip. I think that would assist the problem. That means unofficial breeders would have to do the right thing or be restricted in their advertising (which essentially would limit distribution).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    So why is it (and I know this would be better directed to a politician) that a pound like Blacktown ? can sell animals unmicrochipped (and undesexed)? If it's mandatory that animals are microchipped at least - before they are sold.
    They don't sell them unchipped. I am not sure where you heard that from. They do sell undesexed however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michelle89 View Post
    Blacktown Pound does microchip all animals before they leave.

    Desexing there should be mandatory - but they do offer cheap desexing (lots of people do take this program as there is often a waiting list - meaning they need more vets involved to manage numbers).
    Exactly.

    They will, in time, desex too I believe.
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    I get rescue cats from Blacktown all the time - it is my local. They won't even give me unchipped 4 week old kittens. They are very VERY strict on chipping.

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    I didn't realise you were rescuing. Good job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I didn't realise you were rescuing. Good job!
    Just rehomed two kittens together. Very happy. Just the mum and the runt (poor little guy - he battled cat flu very hard).

    I'd rescue dogs too but they would all have to be smaller than Johnny so as to not upset him - and tiny dogs aren't too common in the pound. Blacktown is mostly staffies.

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    Renbury is more inclined to have small and hairy dogs. Pound clientele largely depict the local areas social economics as you probably know.
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