New regulations came into effect Friday to curb the spread of puppy mills, and better regulate animal shelters. All shelters and breeders, housing 15 animals or more, now need a permit to legally operate in Quebec.
Last November, the Agriculture Ministry (MAPAQ) changed the law, under pressure from animal welfare groups. It gave all shelters and breeders until March 7 2014, to get a permit, or they can be shut down.
MAPAQ says the permits will allow them to have better control over shelters and breeders across the province.
“Every premise is analyzed before receiving a permit and if they are not exactly fit, this will be another tool to help have the situation straightened, “Dr. Hélène Trépanier, MAPAQ veterinarian said.
Permits will cost $100 a year for shelters housing fewer than 50 animals and $225 for shelters with more animals, plus an initial $117 start up fee.
MAPAQ is also working on limiting the number of animals that can be kept at a shelter.