We have what appears to be a puppy farm next door. There are at least 4 cages in their yard with several dogs per cage. Each cage is about 3x4 meters. There are more dogs inside the house. We have no idea how many.
The animals are not being treated respectfully. The owner has never walked them and does not appear to care for their welfare.
I have complained to the RSPCA several times but they don’t seem to have any power to stop this practice. I’ve also approached our local council but they want to treat this as a domestic dog issue. I’ve tried pointing out that these are not domestic animals but I haven’t got anywhere. Currently, I am keeping a diary of the noise and plan to submit a noise complaint soon.
Ideally, I would like to see this operation closed. It’s just not right.
I’m trying to find out if this practice is legal in the context of zoning laws. Given it is in a residential area, wouldn’t there be some kind of restriction? I can see there are no relevant DA applications. Where do I look? What are the laws?