Section 69B Companion Animals Act 1998 | Powers of Authorised Officer on Property

The Legislation

Section 69B of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Powers of Authorised Officer on Property and is extracted below.

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69B Powers of authorised officers to do things on entered property

(1) An authorised officer may, on any property lawfully entered under section 69A, do anything that in the opinion of the authorised officer is necessary to be done for the purposes referred to in that section, including (but not limited to) the things specified in subsection (2).

(2) An authorised officer may do any of the following:
(a) make such examinations, inquiries and tests as the authorised officer considers necessary (including the scanning of a companion animal to ascertain its identification information),
(b) take such photographs, films, audio, video and other recordings as the authorised officer considers necessary,
(c) require records (including certificates of registration in relation to a companion animal) to be produced for inspection,
(d) examine, inspect and copy any records,
(e) seize anything that the authorised officer has reasonable grounds for believing is connected with an offence under this Act or the regulations,
(f) do anything else the authorised officer is empowered to do under this Act.

(3) The power to seize anything connected with an offence includes a power to seize:
(a) a thing with respect to which the offence has been committed, and
(b) a thing that will afford evidence of the commission of the offence, and
(c) a thing that was used for the purpose of committing the offence.

A reference to any such offence includes a reference to an offence that there are reasonable grounds for believing has been committed.