April 3, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Pets will be better protected in New Brunswick thanks to stricter rules proposed by government.
Local Government Minister Chris Collins announced today that the provincial government plans to adopt a new regulation under the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act which will define specific standards for pet establishments, such as pet stores, animal shelters and kennels, and enable their licensing and inspection.
"This new regulation will fulfil the request from the New Brunswick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for greater enforcement powers and will help them protect animals and reduce the instance of abusive situations such as puppy mills," said Collins. "The comprehensive standards proposed under this new regulation will make New Brunswick one of the few provinces to oversee pet establishments to such a high degree."
The changes will apply to both commercial and non-commercial establishments in municipalities and rural areas. Commercial pet operations include kennels and pet stores while non-commercial operations include animal shelters. In addition, owners of more than five dogs, over six months of age, will be required to adhere to nationally established standards of care for those animals.
"We welcome this new regulation that the Government of New Brunswick is putting in place," said Joy Bacon, president of the New Brunswick SPCA. "It will give the society a broader mandate, permit us to have better oversight of pet stores and kennels, and enable us to prosecute those who willfully neglect their animals."
Establishments selling animals considered livestock will be exempt from pet licensing requirements as will grooming facilities, training operations, research and educational facilities, veterinary clinics boarding animals for medical reasons and boarding and riding stables for horses. Licenses will not be required for circuses and zoos.
"We value the partnership the provincial government has with the New Brunswick SPCA and will continue to support its delivery of programs relating to animal protection," said Collins.
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communications, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.