Puppy Farm Expansion Application Withdrawn

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Puppy Farm Expansion Application Withdrawn

From Animal Liberation Victoria (ALV)
December 2009

In November, many ALV supporters put pressure on the Wellington Shire Council to reject the planning application by Gary Jones to enlarge his Heyfield Puppy Farm from 100 breeding dogs to 300. We are pleased to announce that as a result of the Council being flooded by your emails, Gary Jones has decided to withdraw his application. This is a great result for dogs within the Wellington Shire, a region in which the Council is notorious for allowing many puppy farms to operate without any regulation or adherence to the law.

Debra Tranter ALV's puppy campaign manager, wrote the initial Objection Letter (see below) which outlines the further disaster this expansion would have created had it been approved.

Through this pressure on the Council and Gary Jones, we have prevented thousands of puppies being bred every year from this puppy farm alone. This is without even mentioning the extra 200 dogs that would have been used as breeding machines then killed when no longer of commercial value.

For more information on how you can help stop puppy farms visit Prisoners For Profit.

Letter from ALV:

Planning Manager, Chris Curnow
Wellington Shire Council
70 Foster Street Sale 3850
Dear Chris,

Re: OBJECTION: Planning Permit Application P438/2004

“Increase the capacity of the existing dog breeding facility from 100 to 300 dogs”.

On behalf of myself and Animal Liberation Victoria Inc. I would like to strongly object to the above planning application. We object to this proposal on the grounds of animal cruelty and our firm belief that the Wellington Shire Council has not demonstrated a sound ablilty to properly enforce the Mandatory Code of Practice for Breeding and Rearing Establishments. There is also the negative environmental noise and waste pollution associated with the large scale intensive farming of 300 companion animals. This proposal definitely impacts upon myself, our supporters and all tax payers currently footing the bill for Local Governments to operate pounds where over 350 healthy, but homeless dogs are killed every day. We do not need to be breeding more dogs.

Wellington Council are currently building a larger dog pound costing $485,000 to cater for the increasing number of animals it needs to hold. Instead of building a bigger pound to house and ultimately kill more companion animals, Wellington Council should be regulating and enforcing the Mandatory Code of Practice for Breeding and Rearing Establishments (The Code). There are currently dozens of Wellington Shire puppy farms who are in violation of this Code. The Council should not be permitting any more puppy farms when they can't properly regulate the ones illegally operating.

We have carried out countless investigations at dozens of Wellington Shires puppy farms and the conditions we find are always in violation to the Code. Wellington Council is not enforcing the mandatory Code of Practice at these existing puppy farms and dogs and puppies are living in conditions that are unacceptable to the Australian public. these conditions include keeping mother dogs and their pups inside wire cages like battery hens and confining dogs in wire enclosures that are electrified to shock them should they try to get out. Wellington Shire is currently responsible for allowing tens of thousands of puppies to be sold over the internet and in pet shops around Australia while thousands of healthy animals are killed in pounds and shelters.

Banksia Park Puppy Farm formerly known as ACA puppy farm have recently stated that their 300 breeding dogs produce 2,500 puppies a year and that they have 400 puppies on site at any one time. 300 dogs and 400 puppies do make substantial noise and will bark throughout the day and night. Excessive barking from dogs confined on puppy farms is a common problem and indicates boredom, stress, fear, frustration or medical/ physical reasons. Dogs simply should not be factory farmed.

The Environmental Protection Agencies Noise Control Guidelines Section 4 state;

The problems caused by the perpetual barking of dogs has been known to exist at distances as far as 500 metres from the actual source. The following criteria for dog kennels have therefore been assembled to limit both the physical stimuli to the dogs and the outbreak of noise from the kennels.

• The kennels should be located at least 500 metres from residential areas.

• Some fully enclosed or acoustically baffled kennels should be available to house particularly noisy animals, at a ratio of 1:15.

• Electronic masking noise devices should be provided to reduce audible stimuli to the dogs.

• Kennels should be constructed to visually screen stimuli such as other dogs, animals, traffic or passers-by.

• Access to kennels should be restricted solely to staff. Feeding of the dogs should be restricted to the

daytime hours of 7 am — 6 pm.

• Exercise of the dogs may only be performed between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

• A responsible person must be available on site 24 hours per day.

• Kennels should be constructed of such a material so as to provide an appropriate reduction in the emission of noise. Materials such as masonry and cement sheeting would provide a suitable structural basis.

• The kennels should be positioned so as to utilise the ability of the topography to reduce noise.

This puppy farm currently houses 100 dogs plus puppies only 60 metres from a rural residential zone and only 200 metres from a cemetery so is already in violation of the EPA regulations.

Wellington Shire’s rate payers pay their animal registration fees annually. This money is there to provide the rate payers information and education on responsible pet ownership. There is nothing responsible about the factory farming of dogs and Wellington Shire has dozens of puppy farms already. The money raised through registration fees is also to provide regular inspections of puppy farms and enforcement of the mandatory Code of Practice. A large number of puppy farms in Wellington Shire have been allowed to operate in violation to this code for many years and animals are suffering because the Wellington Council is failing it's duty of care.

Heyfield is a picturesque quiet country town and thousands of tourists visit the National Parks and Lake Glenmaggie. Heyfield is known as the Southern Gateway to the Alpine National Park which is famous for its pristine natural bushlands. If this permit is granted Heyfield will become known as home to one of the biggest intensive puppy factory farms in Australia.

We do not need bigger pounds and more puppy farms.

I earnestly appeal to you not to grant this permit application. Thank you very much for any consideration to this objection on behalf of these innocent animals and our very real concerns.

Sincerely Yours,
Debra Tranter
Puppy Campaign Manager
Animal Liberation Victoria