Section 47 Companion Animals Act 1998 | Control Orders

The Legislation

Section 47 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Control Orders and is extracted below.

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47 Control orders

(1) A “control order” is an order of a Court that the owner of a dog take such action (other than destroying the dog) within the period specified in the order as the Court thinks necessary to prevent, or reduce the likelihood of, the dog attacking or causing injury to persons or animals.

(2) A control order can be made by a Court in the following circumstances:
(a) in proceedings for an offence under section 16, 17, 49, 51 or 56 of this Act, or under section 35A of the Crimes Act 1900,
(b) on an appeal under this Act against the declaration by an authorised officer of a council that a dog is dangerous or against a council’s refusal to revoke such a declaration,
(c) on the Court declaring the dog to be dangerous under Division 2.

(3) The action that a control order can require the owner of a dog to take includes (without limiting any of the requirements that apply in relation to the dog under section 51 or 56) the following action:
(a) the desexing of the dog,
(b) the behavioural or socialisation training of the dog.

(4) A control order can be made in addition to any other order made by the Court in the proceedings concerned.