Section 52B of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Prohibition on Accepting Dangerous Dog and is extracted below.
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52B Prohibition on accepting ownership of dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog
(1) A person who accepts ownership of a dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 150 penalty units.
(2) A person does not commit an offence under this section:
(a) by reason only of taking delivery of, or detaining, a dog under Part 7 or as the consequence of a dog being surrendered to a council pound or an approved animal welfare organisation, or
(b) if the person does not know, or could not reasonably be expected to know, that the dog was a dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog.