A dog breeder, and member of Dogs Victoria, has been charged with 80 offences, after being exposed for animal cruelty. Now dogs in Victoria need your help to ensure this cruelty doesn't happen again!
As revealed on Today Tonight, in late 2012, Animals Australia was provided with evidence filmed at the premises of one of Australia's 'top' Collie breeders - Calstead Collies in Victoria. After viewing the footage, such was our concern for these dogs, that we immediately contacted the RSPCA and local Council. And in August 2013, charges were finally laid against the breeder.
Thanks to the thousands of caring people who have spoken out for these dogs, and also to the actions of Casey Council, those responsible for this cruelty can finally be held to account in a court of law.
BUT dogs in Victoria still need your help!
Calstead Collies is a 25+ year member of Dogs Victoria. Dogs Victoria receive an exemption from the State Government so its members with fewer than 10 breeding dogs do not have to register as a 'domestic animal business' with their local Council or adhere to the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments. This is despite the fact that Dogs Victoria doesn't inspect or audit the facilities of its members.
Worse still, even after damning evidence of cruelty and clear breaches of their own internal 'code of ethics', Dogs Victoria does not appear to have taken any disciplinary action against Calstead Collies, and the breeder is still an active member and is allowed to continue operating.
Help secure stronger protection for dogs in Victoria. Call on the State Minister for Agriculture to remove Dogs Victoria's exemption, so that no breeder is allowed to operate without adhering to State laws for animal welfare.