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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . . Page.. 1617..


Kingston retailers were advised on 18 August 2009 that the landscaping improvements would go ahead, with some modification to reflect comments received on the original design. In December 2009 retailers were notified of the works program with work to commence in early February 2010.

Officers from TAMS visited traders adjacent to Green Square in the last week of January 2010, prior to the start of construction, and delivered construction program information.

(4) The consultation held for the master planning process informed residents that the proposal did not include lawn or grassed areas.

Pets—regulations

(Question No 553)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 11 February 2010:

(1) What measures are in place to regulate pet stores in the ACT.

(2) Are there any licensing requirements for pet stores in the ACT.

(3) Is the Government aware of whether any puppies sold in ACT pet stores come from "puppy mills"or "puppy farms".

(4) Are there any measures in place in the ACT to ensure that puppies sold in ACT pet stores do not come from "puppy mills"or "puppy farms".

(5) Is the Government aware of how long puppies, kittens and other animals are kept in pet stores before they are euthanised.

(6) Are there any laws governing the euthanising of animals from pet stores, such as the length of time they must be kept.

(7) How many dogs and cats were euthanised in the ACT in the years 2005 2010 to date.

(8) Where does funding come from for the euthanising of pets.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services, Licensing and Compliance Branch is responsible for conducting inspections of ACT pet shops. Officers confirm that the species conform to the requirements as set out in the Nature Conservation Act 1980.


The sale of animals through pet shops in the ACT is also regulated by the Animal Welfare Act 1992 (the Act). Officers from the RSPCA Inspectorate are authorised inspectors under the Act and make routine inspections of pet shops and respond to direct complaints made by the general public.


The ACT's Chief Government Veterinarian is authorised under both the above Acts and can independently instigate investigations and prosecutions if breaches are detected.


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