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Puppy factory raid

It's hard to believe that in August 2012, the RSPCA Victoria seized 62 dogs from a puppy factory in Gippsland. Thanks to the efforts of many people, including members of the community who opened their home to foster an animal, these dogs are happy and healthy today. Click here to read the full story. 

Code of Review 2013

RSPCA Victoria has provided feedback to the May and July 2013 draft revised Code Review. The revised code fails to protect the welfare of animals, most notably dogs, used for breeding. RSPCA Victoria plus thousands of RSPCA supporters submitted their response to the revised code. We are thrilled to have had such a positive response from the community! View our stance today.

Campaigning efforts 2010

The RSPCA launched our close puppy factories campaign in May 2010.  Significant support from the community and other animal welfare groups resulted in changes to protect the welfare of dogs in these intensive breeding facilities. An excellent first step in closing these facilities and stopping this unnecessary cruelty.

In 2011, one of these changes that was introduced by Premier Baillieu was increased powers for RSPCA Inspectors to enforce the respective Code of Practice these facilities operate according to (the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments).

This Code of Practice was previously only enforceable by local government officials. This change in legislation will help our Inspectors protect the welfare of these dogs in animal cruelty investigations.

The Baillieu government has also promised a review of this Code of Practice, expected to commence in late 2011.
Mothers just like Nobby are forced to churn out continuous litters in puppy factories. If the July 2013 suggested revised Code of Review becomes law, dogs used for breeding, like Nobby, will be even more vulnerable.


Tail docking

Prior to 2007, it was not considered cruelty to dock your pet's tail for cosmetic reasons. The RSPCA and many other animal welfare groups campaigned against this for many years. In 2007, the Victoria State Government introduced the Animals Legislation Amendment (Animal Care) Act.

This Act amended the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
making it an offence for a person in charge of an animal to allow a prohibited procedure, tail docking and debarking, to be carried out.
It also made it an offence to show or exhibit, or allow another person to show or exhibit an animal on which a prohibited procedure had been carried out.

Tail docking is not a written requirement for any breed and was unnecessary surgery in the name of tradition and fashion. Dogs shown or exhibited now all have their tails intact.


Many animals arrive on the doorsteps of RSPCA shelters across Victoria. Sadly, these animals often don't have any collars or tags to identify them, which makes it hard to reunite them with their owners.

Progress is being made in this area. Microchipping dogs and cats is compulsory, as legislated in 2007.Thanks to this initiative, many of these animals who were lost are able to be quickly reunited with their owners.

 Sadly though, there are still a large number of cats without microchips. To help address this issue, RSPCA vet clinics microchip cats for only $35 and we regularly stage free or heavily discounted microchipping campaigns for health care card holders. Anyone wanting to know if there are any current promotions are welcome to contact our Customer Service team for more information.

Microchipping is compulsory in Victoria.

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