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  1. What state are you in? It’s a matter of law and legislative requirements for companion animals and each state is slightly different. Regardless of state the breeder has absolutely no rights to threaten anything and they’re powerless under the law to do anything too. You legally own the dog (assuming you have proof of purchase) regardless of the previous owners promises to the breeder.
  2. Apologies, but I have only skimmed each post so I may be way off course. You can morally and ethically can sell them as what you believe them to be. Just be clear with potential buyers that you cannot guarantee their breeding - ie ‘we believe them to be French Bulldog, but we cannot guarantee they are”. That part is simple. The hard part is ensuring they’re going to the best home. Desexing them will help the odds. I understand the hesitation of early desexing. Is it possible to hold on to them until they’re a little older. Maybe until they’re 4 months, and then desexing before they go to their new home? Regardless of what you do to ensure the home they go to is the best home, no one can ever guarantee this. Even if they are desexed. You can only do your best. Look at all the risks. Speak to others with experience. Trust your gut instinct.
  3. Writing a piece of legislation might sound easy but in truth, it’s not an easy process. Yearly inspections would require manpower and resources. I’m not sure about other states but I do know a little about how NSW companion animal legislation and governance works and there is barely enough at state or local level to support anything more than what currently exists. It’s why microchipping has such mediocre compliance too.
  4. I know that people hate restrictive legislation, but the sooner rescues are legislated and tightly controlled, the better. This may well have been a case of being overwhelmed, and we’ve seen many others over the years. We’ve also seen many organisations and groups claiming to be rescues, when they’re just farming dogs and we’ve seen far, far too many that are just money scammers and frauds. We need strict controls. Social media has amplified the ability for the wrong kinds of people to be involved in animal welfare.
  5. I have a friend who adopted an old cranky Chihuahua 18months ago. She was used to laid back, amicable old pugs. After 18 months I can happily say it’s working out for her as far as I can tell, but there have been many moments of despair. She’s also in the fortunate position of having no children, and no other pets. It’s just her and her partner. They can afford to be patient and it’s much easier for them to manage his moods and deal with his geriatric health concerns. It’s a bit different to your scenario though. You need to make a few decisions.
  6. Your problem is that you took in a dog, that was known to have aggression issues, and you have young children. Emotions ruled the day I’m guessing and you thought you’d be able to save her and you’ve obviously bitten off more than you can chew. A ten year old Chihuahua is not going to suddenly change, even with training. Chis are feisty little dogs and at 10 years of age, that pattern is set in stone. The age and the breed are against you. You will either have to manage the dog to ensure everyone is safe, including the dog, or you find a home that can manage it. Both options will not be easy but can be done.
  7. It does. You can lock it so they can only come in, or go out, or you can have both ways locked. It has two black clips on either side of the internal flap and these turn to lock across the flap. The reason why i like them is that: - they’re transparent, so not a huge eyesore - they’re quiet compared to all other doors I’ve had. Even the dog door which is now 9 years old and was used extensively when my guys were all still on this earth, was quiet right up until the last time they used it. We had ours professionaly installed - which you have to anyway as they’re inserted into glass.
  8. In both NSW and QLD it is law that the seller microchips the dog before sale. The evidence of microchipping is the form, signed by the registered microchipper, and it should include the microchip number and details of the pup. You need to speak to the seller and tell them they’re not complying with the law and there are penalities. Unless you actually paid the money to the nsw breeder, and it was obvious you were buying a pup from them, it would not be their responsibility.
  9. We have to installed - one for cats and one that used to be for the pugs. I purchased the clear perspex round ones. They’re very quiet and neat. Like this:
  10. To be fair to PR, it’s a different contact name. Perhaps the woman charged was one of several in the group, or a carer for the group only.
  11. You can’t force someone to desex a dog and it will cost you a lot to take it through the legal system to be told that. Once a person pays money for the dog, they own it and they can do as they please.
  12. Re the first post. I actually looked at it from the human behaviour perspective and the lack of resilience in our children. It has a ring of truth to it.
  13. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-20/inquiry-to-be-held-into-pet-food-industry/9890398
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