Thousands of strap dogs on death row after new laws introduced | Herald Sun
The Department of Primary Industries is now enforcing a rule that each carer or dog rescue group be registered as a "domestic animal business", despite volunteers operating out of private homes.
The blacklisting means councils not using dog shelters that have 28 days to rehome dogs will have to kill healthy dogs after eight days under their rules for pounds.
Pregnant dogs, puppies, and sick animals in smaller pounds face immediate death because legally they cannot be sold.
Many animal shelters have their own foster carers to return the dogs to health to sell, but smaller pounds had relied on volunteer dog rescuers.
The volunteers fear new legislation being drawn up will shut them down, said Trisha Taylor, of the Dog Rescue Association Victoria.