MSPCA calls for strict breeding regulations and urges public to adopt dogs


The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA) has again called for strict breeding regulations as it urges the public to adopt dogs instead of buying puppies from puppy mills.

The statement comes after a report concluded that abandoned dogs in need of shelter and care are not rescued unless they are injured, and this is due to a lack of space at the shelter for animal welfare.

An investigation was launched after four dogs left abandoned in a field in Gudja despite repeated calls to the department.

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The report concluded that the Animal Welfare Department has conflicting and unclear procedures when unchipped dogs are found wandering the streets. The survey also revealed a lack of standardized and recorded means of communication; and the absence of an agreed and established understanding and definition of what constitutes “monitoring” of a situation.

However, the biggest problem remains the lack of space to house the abandoned animals in Għammieri. This forces animal protection officers to rescue only a select few dogs that are in the most serious condition, and these decisions are inconsistent and dependent on space at the shelter.

The report found that larger, older dogs, and those infested with fleas, are more likely to remain abandoned, while dogs that are less likely to be adopted as well, as the department cannot have too many of dogs occupying its limited number of enclosures. .

In a statement on Tuesday, the MSPCA reacted to the report and referenced its recommendations, including microchipping all puppies and kittens at eight weeks of age before they are released to new owners.

The organization stressed that this would reduce the chances of abandonment as a huge percentage of cats and dogs would be taken into account.

With regard to animal husbandry, the MSPCA said its goal is not to abolish responsible breeders, but that regulations already in place must be enforced and appropriate requirements must be in place.

He referred to the subsidiary legislation which regulates breeding and observed that in Malta there were only two registered breeders. According to the regulations, breeders intending to raise more than four litters per year need a specific license and must apply for it.

“To our astonishment there are only two registered breeders in Malta, and therefore all others raising more than 4 litters per year and not registering are not following the law,” the MSPCA said, and noted that one could easily find out how many litters are produced if the law requires breeders to obtain a license even if they only have one litter.

“Mainly dog ​​breeding has unfortunately become an unregulated and untaxed activity for many irresponsible breeders who don’t even do the necessary testing to produce healthy offspring.”

A quick search on social media would immediately turn up several puppies for sale, with the MSPCA pointing out that these often end up in the wrong hands without proper checks, as these “breeders” value money over the welfare of the dog. puppy.

The law also requires breeders to keep accurate breeding records and establishes certain restrictions such as prohibiting the sale of puppies before the age of eight weeks.

The organization also urged the public to do their part by adopting instead of buying or buying responsibly.

“We need to stop creating demand for certain breeds and always check how ‘breeding dogs’ are kept and cared for. It is you, who buy into a puppy mill while the parents are kept in devastating conditions, thrown into adoption when they are no longer of childbearing age, who contribute to this sad situation.

If you see abuse or illegality, please report it to 1717. You can also report to MSPCA Animal Rights ([email protected]) where the organization follows up reports with the relevant department. All reports are treated confidentially.


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