Kennel Club calls for urgent help to improve Welsh dog breeding regulations

Urgent action is needed from residents in Wales to prevent already overstretched local authorities from crumbling under the pressure of increased responsibility, as proposed in draft dog breeding regulations currently under consideration by the Welsh Government.

The Kennel Club is calling for people to lobby their Assembly Members regarding the draft Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2013 after being informed that only pressure from Assembly Members (AMs) to the Minister for Natural Resources, Alun Davies to reconsider the provisions within the proposed regulations can change the draft proposals as they currently stand.

The Kennel Club is proposing that the requirement for breeders to undergo inspection of their breeding premises could be fulfilled by either a local authority inspector, or indeed an inspector as part of a recognised breeding scheme independently accredited by UKAS, such as the Kennel Club's Assured Breeder Scheme.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, highlighted: "The Kennel Club really can't see how the local authorities are going to be able to cope with the extra workload when we are offering to share the burden, pool resources and stop them having to double up on doing work that has already been undertaken, by sharing information.

"The draft Regulations will be debated in the Welsh Assembly on 2nd July so we really are running out of time to lobby AMs to push the Minister to add the provision for inspection to be undertaken by either a local authority inspector, or by an inspector from an organisation authorised by UKAS. We urgently need people's help to put pressure on the elected representatives in Wales to ensure that any new regulations are a genuine and workable improvement on current measures.

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