Section 52A Companion Animals Act 1998 | Prohibition on Selling Dangerous Dog


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Section 52A of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Prohibition on Selling Dangerous Dog and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

52A Prohibition on selling dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog

(1) A person who sells, or advertises the sale of, a dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog is guilty of an offence. Maximum penalty: 150 penalty units. The term “sell” extends to the transfer of owner by any means, including by gift. Abandoning an animal is also an offence–see section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979.

(2) A person does not commit an offence under this section by reason only of surrendering a dangerous dog or proposed dangerous dog to a council pound or an approved animal welfare organisation. A dangerous dog that is surrendered to a council pound or an approved animal welfare organisation cannot be sold.

(3) In this section and in section 52B, “proposed dangerous dog” means a dog that is the subject of a proposed declaration under Division 1.

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