The Welsh government has assured stakeholders and industry it will not rush through new dog breeding laws, following concerns raised by The Kennel Club (KC).

The Welsh government has assured stakeholders and industry it will not rush through new dog breeding laws, following concerns raised by The Kennel Club (KC).

Wales allays fears of a The new regulations aim to tighten up breeding practices in the country and the formal consultation process closed in mid-January. However, the KC fears the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) could rush through the law.

Concerns were raised after business minister Jane Hutt responded to a business question last month, saying the regulations could be approved “within our timetable”, before the assembly dissolves on March 31.

According to KC secretary Caroline Kisko: “The current proposals as they stand will place restrictions on caring small scale dog breeders, the very breeders who should be encouraged to breed – discouraging them from breeding and driving people further into the hands of puppy farmers.”

The proposed WAG Breeding of Dogs regulations would mean that small-scale breeders with three or more breeding bitches, carrying two or more litters in a year, must apply for an official licence.

Ms Kisko said: “Any new legislation in Wales could provide a framework for other governments in Westminster, Scotland or Northern Ireland in the future. Therefore it is absolutely essential that we get these regulations right.”

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko.She said she was sure regulators did not intend a “rush job” but that her organisation would continue to work with Assembly members to make the WAG aware of its concerns.

Speaking to Vetsonline, a WAG spokesman said there had been substantial interest in the regulations, with more than 500 consultation responses, and that proper consideration would be “critical”.

She said: “It is critical in the analysis of this consultation that we are able to consider all of these responses in detail, and this is currently underway.

“This may also include assessing the draft legislation, further discussions with interested parties through meetings, focus groups or even a further formal consultation.”

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