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    Default Petshops to Take Responsibility with Unwanted Dogs

    Pet shop rescue of dumped animals | thetelegraph.com.au

    THE pet industry will take responsibility for finding homes for dogs found dumped on the street or surrendered to shelters if checks reveal the animal was first sold through an accredited pet shop.

    The unprecedented initiative has the potential to save the RSPCA, councils and other animal welfare shelters hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in the care and rehousing of unwanted pets.

    The retail pet industry has suffered a black eye in recent years with its alleged association with "puppy farms" and attempts by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and animal welfare groups to ban the sale of cats and dogs in shops.

    Pet Industry Association of Australia boss Roger Perkins said the new policy, to be released within weeks, would apply only to its members.

    He said only about 50 per cent of pet shops were association members but he hoped the initiative would bring the majority of non-members on board or risk being shunned by consumers because they were not "accredited".

    Mr Perkins said individual shops would be "absolved" from taking a pet back. Instead the "industry would take responsibility", with pets cared for by other members including kennels and groomers.

    Details are yet to be released but the point-of-sale documentation is expected to be linked to the dog's microchip and kept on a database that could be checked whenever a stray is found.

    Interesting...........
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    Pet shops should Only be able to sell dogs from rescue groups..

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    Wow that is a big step. Let's see how they feel about rehoming a year down the track. Rehoming puppies is one thing but adult dogs can take months.

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    I'd like to see how they will 'track' them. The average age of a dog is roughly 13 (dependant on breed) and that is a long time to keep records.

    Will the micrcohip databases now be updated to show origin of dogs?? If so, we might finally get to see where unwanted dogs are coming from.
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    I like the idea of petshops selling rescue dogs... I know it is starting be seen as a good idea and I know petstock now sell only rescue dogs... oops and cats....

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    Not sure how they are going to prove where they come from unless they make it so all pet shops have to microchip the pups into a specific database.

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    Pet shops will more than likely have to rehister the pups chip number with a database.

    Even if the dog has changed hands and names a dozen times, the number stays the same.

    Ruddy good idea I think. Should be the same for breeders as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    Pet shops will more than likely have to rehister the pups chip number with a database.

    Even if the dog has changed hands and names a dozen times, the number stays the same.

    Ruddy good idea I think. Should be the same for breeders as well.
    But who is going to be responsible for the database and how will the pet shop industry be alerted to dogs that are unwanted? Will this be another responsibility placed on councils in NSW and independant operators in other states? Will the Pet shop industry pay to implement it?

    Micrcochipping has many flaws as it is, particularly the fact that we do not have a national policy on chipping and a national database. All I can see is yet another failure. The idea has merit, but the implementation will fraught with problems imo.

    I can't see it getting off the ground.

    Who will assess the dogs for suitablilty for re-homing? Will they desex dogs before re-homing them? Where will they hold the dogs whilst awaiting a new home?

    There are so many questions......
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    It would be the same as any other rescue dog, desexed before sale, same guidelines for suitable homes etc.
    The pet shop or breeder would just have to pay a fine for the dog being there in the shelter.
    The fines would stack up pretty quickly I would imagine and there's your funding for the project.

    I agree though I can't see it getting off the ground, as funding in the beginning is non-existent.
    It would have to be the current microchip companies that run the database.
    Instead of having your standard "name, date of birth, address etc" it would also include "purchased from" or "bred by".
    Wouldn't be too hard to add that extra info when a dogs chip is registered.

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