Section 15 Companion Animals Act 1998 | Greyhound etc Not Muzzled


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Section 15 of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Greyhound etc Not Muzzled and is extracted below.

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15 Greyhounds and other breeds to be muzzled

(1) A greyhound and any other dog to which this section applies must at all times have a muzzle securely fixed on its mouth in such a manner as will prevent it from biting any person or animal, except when the dog is:
(a) in or on any property or vehicle of which the owner of the dog is an occupier or where the dog is ordinarily kept, or
(b) under the effective control of some competent person and being exhibited for show purposes or participating in an obedience trial, or
(c) exempted from this section by the regulations.

(2) If this section is contravened:
(a) the owner of the greyhound or other dog, or
(b) if the owner is not present at the time of the offence and another person who is of or above the age of 16 years is in charge of the greyhound or other dog at that time–that other person,is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 8 penalty units.

(3) The regulations may prescribe any breed, kind or description of dog as a breed, kind or description to which this section applies and a dog of that breed, kind or description is then a dog to which this section applies.