Sections 34 Companion Animals Act 1998 | Dangerous Dog Declarations

The Legislation

Section 34 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Dangerous Dog Declarations and is extracted below.

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34 Authorised officer may declare dog to be dangerous

(1) An authorised officer of a council may, if satisfied that a dog is dangerous, declare it to be a dangerous dog. It does not matter if the dog is ordinarily kept in another council’s area.

(2) A declaration can be made on the officer’s own initiative or on the written application of a police officer or any other person.

(3) A declaration has effect throughout the State. It is not limited in its operation to the area of the council whose authorised officer made the declaration. This Part also gives the Local Court the power to declare a dog to be dangerous in certain circumstances.