Pet businesses to license dogs before sale starting 2017: AVA

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From early 2017, all dogs put up for sale by pet businesses in Singapore will need to be licensed before they can be sold to consumers, said Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a press release on Monday (7 November).

The new dog licensing rules are set to take effect in early 2017. Pet businesses will be required to use AVA’s online portal, called the Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS), both to register the dogs before the sale, and to transfer the dog ownership to consumers at the point of sale.

Pet businesses will be able to register multiple dogs under a single “Group” licence. Licensing fees will apply, and will be based on the number of dogs intended for sale, said AVA.

AVA added it will work with pet businesses to help them prepare for the changes.

The rule revisions will ensure the traceability of pet dogs in the event of a disease outbreak, strengthen the accountability of pet businesses and dog owners, and discourage pet abandonment, according to AVA.