Section 12A Companion Animals Act 1998 | Failing to Prevent Dog Escaping


Section 12A of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Failing to Prevent Dog Escaping and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

12A Preventing dog from escaping
(1) The owner of a dog must take all reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from escaping from the property on which it is being kept. Maximum penalty:
(a) 8 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous or restricted dog, or
(b) 50 penalty units in the case of a dangerous or restricted dog.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), “owner” of a dog includes the person who is for the time being in charge of the dog.