News from Victoria – Wellington Council – help stop a puppy mill expansion

URGENT: Help Stop Gippsland Puppy Farm Expanding! 

Your help is urgently needed to help stop the expansion of a puppy farm in Heyfield, Victoria. Gary Jones has applied for a Planning Permit to increase the capacity of his existing puppy farm from 100 to 300 dogs. The description he gives in his application paints a grim picture for the dogs.  He claims the expansion will create jobs within the community – but at what cost to the animals trapped in small enclosures pumping out puppies? Through years of investigating puppy farms ALV has documented how dogs are used as breeding machines, producing puppies in back to back cycles before being killed when they are no longer economically profitable.


Actions you can take:

As at the date of sending this update out, we have heard that this application has now been rejected due to the very large number of messages already sent out to Wellington Council.  This is fantastic news and shows the power of the internet in canvassing public help to take action.

Click here to read ALV campaign manager, Debra Tranter”s original objection.

What you CAN DO is this: if you know or hear about a puppy or kitten farm near you, please let us know. We know who to contact to investigate and take action.

2 thoughts on “News from Victoria – Wellington Council – help stop a puppy mill expansion

  1. deathrowpets November 27, 2009 / 2:50 pm

    Our objection:
    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”.
    We would like to register our objection to the planning application above.
    We understand that Wellington Shire Council has a significant costs and social imposts created by the large number of animals that are regularly impounded at the Shire Pound facility. It make no sense whatsoever for the Council to permit an INCREASE in animal numbers bred by a private enterprise when the Council Pound cannot deal with the current numbers of animals surrendered and abandoned.
    Puppy Farms contribute significantly to the numbers of animals entering the market – it effects your council, your staff and most important the ratepayers of your Council and other Councils who have to bear the imposts of dealing with the huge number of animals excess to requirements.
    This directly effects Deathrowpets, and the very large number of animal rescue workers and pound volunteers by the increasing volumes of animals excess to requirements that are entering the market each week. Thousands of people are forced to spend countless hours in efforts to save homeless animals and we deplore any effort to increase breeding and numbers entering an already over-crowded market that does not need more animals.
    By permitting this facility to increase its production, Wellington Shire Council will be directly responsible for the additional problems that will eventuate in your area and other Council areas. It is not a smart strategy for your council to contemplate, and please understand that should you proceed, we will ensure that every Council in NSW, Victoria and South Australia who will be effected in one way or another, will be advised of your decision.
    Finally we understand that Wellington Council is already struggling with ensuring compliance to legislation to protect animals in other puppy farms in your jurisdiction – it is wrong on so many levels for you grant this application, and we ask you in the strongest possible terms to deny this application.

    Paul Archer

  2. deathrowpets November 27, 2009 / 2:52 pm

    Debra Tranter’objection
    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

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