Section 10 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 | Tethering of Animals


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The Legislation

Section 10 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1978 (NSW) is Tethering of Animals and is extracted below.

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10 Tethering of animals

(1) A person shall not:
(a) tether an animal, or
(b) where the person is a person in charge of an animal–authorise the tethering of the animal,
for an unreasonable length of time or by means of an unreasonably heavy, or unreasonably short, tether. Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.

(2) A person must not tether a sow in a piggery. Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation or 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.

(3) A person must not confine a bird by means of a tether. Maximum penalty: 250 penalty units in the case of a corporation and 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both, in the case of an individual.

(4) It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (3) if the defendant satisfies the court that the bird to which the offence relates was a raptor and that the tether involved was a jess that was used solely to tether the bird to its handler.