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It’s unanimous: Council supports dog breeding in Fosters Valley | western avocado

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BATHURST Regional Council voted unanimously to approve plans to build an $841,000 dog breeding facility in Fosters Valley. Pet Industry Association board member John Grima will build the facility about 20 kilometers south of Bathurst to supply dogs for sale at his Sydney pet store, Kellyville Pets. When fully operational, the facility will house up to 60 dogs, eight males and 52 females. Mr Grima addressed the council meeting on Wednesday evening when plans for the breeding facility were finally put to the vote and said it would help tackle a shortage of suitable pets, by especially small dog breeds, currently available for sale in the state. “Based on analysis we have undertaken with the Pet Industry Association of Australia, RSPCA, Animal Welfare League, Australian Veterinary Association and Dogs NSW, there is currently a demand for 132,000 dogs or puppies in NSW every year,” he said. . “Based on current figures, only 50% of this demand can be met by a combination of shelters, pet shops and breeders registered with Dogs NSW. “This means that approximately 66,000 dogs or puppies are more than likely supplied through online sales where there is no transparency and animal welfare protections.” But Mr. Grima did not do everything in his own way during the meeting. A number of speakers vehemently opposed the project, citing animal welfare concerns and saying the facility was unnecessary. Animal Justice League manager Lisa Ryan said at the meeting that she’s been to “more puppy mills than most counselors will have had hot breakfasts” and said he There was no benefit in the dog breeding facility‘s proposal to the council or the community of Bathurst. “There are going to be 60 dogs there who are there for a reason – to raise puppies to be transported from Bathurst to Mr. Grima’s Kellyville Pets store to be sold for a profit,” Ms Ryan said. “Bathurst, which has a reputation for being a very warm and inviting rural area, will come to be known as NSW’s puppy heaven. “What Mr Grima is doing may be legal but… councilors also have a responsibility to consider what your community wants, what the public of NSW wants, and I implore you to say no and refuse this application .” But councilors were confident the proposal met all council planning rules and would be a welcome addition to the Bathurst community. Cr Alex Christian said he supported the proposal and questioned whether opponents who had signed a petition calling for the ranching operation to be thrown out represented the feelings of most Bathurst residents. “One thing that needs to be made clear is that almost everyone who signed the petition was not from the Bathurst area,” he said. “I counted 26 names from the Bathurst area out of about 6,000 names. “If there were 6,000 people in the Bathurst area opposed to this, that might be something, but I’m not really worried about what Llewelyn from Nebraska has to say on the matter.” Cr Jess Jennings told objectors they should instead target their anger at the state and federal government if their goal was to ban these breeding facilities. Proposed dog breeding facility near koala feeding trees south of Bathurst Dog breeding facility to be built as ‘example’ for industry Council staff recommend green light for dog breeding facility in Fosters Valley | Survey Our opinion | The puppy farm debate isn’t about counseling