The B.C. government is taking a step toward enhancing protection of animals by targeting irresponsible commercial breeders of dogs and cats.

Premier Christy Clark says the province will be adopting a regulation under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act recognizing the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Codes of Practice for both kennel and cat breeding operations&

The B.C. government is also continuing to consult with the BC SPCA and other key stakeholders to develop new laws that will assist the BC SPCA monitor and take action against irresponsible breeders of dogs and cats.

The consultations will take place throughout this spring 2016 with legislation anticipated in 2017.