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Vic govt rolls over on puppy farm laws

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016

The Victorian government has rolled over on puppy farm legislation, admitting the bill is unlikely to pass in its current form.

In a report released on Tuesday, the government was asked to abandon its plan to limit the number of fertile female dogs to be kept by breeders to 10.

It also said the proposed laws were weakened because of a "significant lack of genuine consultation".

If passed, the laws would also regulate the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops.

Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford said it was clear from the report that the Domestic Animals Bill (Puppy Farms and Pet Shops) was unlikely to pass parliament and changes needed to be made.

"Amendments to this effect will be developed in the new year, in consultation with stakeholders, and considered by the parliament in the first half of 2017," Ms Pulford said in a statement.

She expects the amended bill would be supported by all parties.

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