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19 dogs removed from unlicensed breeder by AVS and placed into care

On 9 February 2022, a total of 19 dogs were taken into care by the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS), after it investigated an unlicensed dog breeder. A member of the public tipped off AVS to the couple's residence where illegal breeding and selling of dogs were alleged to occur.

For keeping animals in captivity for sale without licence, offenders can be fined up to $5,000, jailed for up to six months or both. For using premises as a farm without licence, one can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to one year or both. AVS said it strongly encourages people to adopt their pets from animal welfare groups or purchase them from licensed pet shops.

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